Non Fiction or NonfictionNon-fiction or non-fiction books
No fiction is not true and non-fiction is true.
"Non-fiction" vs. "non-fiction", and whether it depends....... Non-Fiction Reader
So, the issue is what kind of writing you like and whether it makes a big deal of Difference. I am a nonfiction enthusiast, it seems to me that it deserves the common ritual of transition to legit. I' m also inclined to use "non-fiction". Why I called the group "non-fiction" I don't know anymore. My preference is for "non-fiction".
The Merriam-Webster (American dictionary) has only non-fiction books, while the Chambers' (British dictionary) contains only non-fiction books. Since I find non-fiction more natural, and I am a Brit..... that's why I have written "online" above: the different types of lexicons are the same, with the MW offer available on-line and the chambers' on-line.
In general, I wonder whether the Americans are more willing to drop the dash. The Merriam-Webster (American dictionary) has only non-fiction books, while the Chambers' (British dictionary) contains only non-fiction books. It' just spelling. It' hyphenate. That's what I use in my tag. I' d rather use the dash notation.
However, in general I do not use the word non-fiction. They divide the books into "fiction" and "everything else", and that is alien to me, considering that the "everything else" covers a much greater part of the bookscape. That also holds me with an embarrassing label (literature and fiction) for the many "other things" - incl. poesy, essay, etc. - that are not necessarily fiction, but certainly "something else"; and yet spares me the trouble of constantly judging values (is the textbook literary or is it just fiction?
So, I checked Garner's Dictionary of Modern American Usage, and he says that rational people will differ in the issue (which means it's not really important). Generally, American English is much less welcoming for dashes than British English. It tends to be The Guardian Style Guidebook, which says: Whenever possible, try to keep away from dashes and say that this is the way words generally work.
I' m using the dash in my tag, and I live in the States as a point of referral. to see if he can tell me something definite. Non-fiction vs. non-fiction? Non-fiction makes more sense: Removing the dash does not lose anything in the body of the messages. Non-fiction requires less room, less writing and, probably most importantly, less writing to achieve the distant dash.
It seems to me that the look of'non-fiction' is more appealing..... Oops, I only used non fiction for years that I jumped back and forth without even considering it. However, shortly after I started a non-fiction blogs last autumn, I chose the easy one. A dash makes it look like an instable structure.
Non-fiction looks more like a complete term to me. From the LT usage perspective: With the extended lookup utilities for looking in my own archive, the dash created problems for me. I' m not sure what it was anymore, but I know that it made me change to the term "non-fiction", although I like " non-fiction ".
Okay, that's not a good enough explanation, but I still choose the dashed format. Had I imagined saying "non-fiction" with just one accented word, I would have written it without a dash. The way it is, I emphasize both "non" and "FICtion", so I choose the separate shape in general use. While I certainly don't like the notion that a remote "authority" gives me a brief allowed term listing, half of us use the dash shape and the other half of us use the non-hashes in our tag to make search and browser.
"I had marked my textbooks as fiction and non-fiction, but I have now deleted these tagging words - they have made my day clouds strange with these 2 huge words and they are not too helpfulI disagree with you.
Others are much more colourful, funnier and more unique. It' truely said that "fiction" and "non-fiction" are quite wide, but my aim is to have at least one third of a non-fiction book a year. I' m usually a virtuouso about these things and would confide in Noah Webster or the people at The American Heritage Dictionary.