It's a fairly simple question. You either enjoy fluff fiction or not, or maybe you're somewhere in between. When I say "fluff fiction" I mean the short stories that writers and game designers put in their games and settings. I enjoy fluff fiction for the following reasons. One, it helps me understand the setting a little better. Two, I really like to read. Three, good fluff fiction can be inspirational; and it can get me motivated to work on the old sandbox, create NPCs, or stock the ubiquitous mega-dungeon, or even do some writing myself.
The odd thing is, despite being a voracious reader, gamer, and geeky to the max; I've never really gotten into reading the novels featuring gaming worlds. I've read a couple, but the different Dungeons and Dragons settings weren't all that entertaining to me. Maybe I just picked the bad ones? Dunno... Or perhaps I would rather be playing in the worlds, than reading about them?
Then again I've never really read many of the novels in the Star Trek universe, or Star Wars. Hhhmm... maybe I'm not as geeky as I thought I was, but I'll hold on to my Geek Card for now.
However, I may give them another shot. Since I've been exploring the Warhammer 40K universe, I've been thinking about reading the novels. It seems to be a diverse and rich game setting. There's even a website/store that covers the GW novels, The Black Library . There's also a new Star Trek novel that looks intriguing, but I can't remember the name right now.
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend. Take care, and if you haven't made a suggestion for my Reader's Choice Challenge! I encourage you to do so.