The average novel invariably reads like a detective's report. It is drab and tedious because it is never objective.
Science has always been in conflict with narratives. Judged by the yardstick of science, the majority of them prove to be fables. But to the extent that science does not restrict itself to stating useful regularities and seeks truth, it is obliged to legitimate the rules of its own game.
It is usually unbearably painful to read a book by an author who knows way less than you do, unless the book is a novel.
I'm very interested in foundational narratives.