I grew up in a home where my parents read books, lots of them. Some of these books were read over and over while others were placed on a shelf and left to gather dust. I imagine my parents read to me and taught me to read. Then I started exploring their shelves and found friends.
Books are super friends. They helped me navigate in the world and have a place to turn when things got too confusing.
As an adult I was told that people who were autistic could not like fantasy because they had no imagination. This was an expert stating this. It kind of made me wonder how well the professionals and researchers actually know the autistic community. Not very well, I imagine.
As an aspie, stories that illustrate different takes on how the world works or might work help me understand people much more than my school text-books did. My psychology, sociology and philosophy studies gave me invaluable knowledge, but they were all theory. Good authors, who write about pretend situations, clarify the various theories. Fantasy and science fiction have ended up being my favourite tools for understanding our complex world and the strange people who inhabit it. Everything from Homer’s Odyssey to the latest space opera.
I have a daughter who is dyslexic. Getting her to read was a challenge. She loves books, has always done so, but we have had to use audio-books. Once she cracked the code, life became easier for her. But both of us still enjoy my reading to her, something I do not believe one becomes too old to enjoy.
My other son didn’t bother to read to himself until 4th grade – not properly. He has no learning disability, he just didn’t read. Then he went from reading poorly to finishing the first four books of Harry Potter in less than 3 months.
My Aspergian son also loves fantasy, mainly in the form of manga and anime.
All books are good. As long as you read them and enjoy them, they are good.