T. S. Eliot once noted that the serious books we read do not influence us nearly as much as the books we read for fun (or the movies we watch for entertainment). Why? Because when we are relaxing, our guard is down and we engage in the “suspension of disbelief” that allows us to enter imaginatively into the story. As a result, the assumptions of the author or screenwriter may go unnoticed and seep all the more deeply into our consciousness.
Nancy Pearcy, Saving Leonardo : A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning, (B&H Books 2010), 253