I have always been an avid reader of fantasy. Such books provide a universe in which you can get away from physics, where magic exists and the awesome is possible. It is infinitely better than watching most of the garbage on TV.But aside from all of this, a good author will also impart his life experience and simulate the implementation of various ethical and philosophical systems. I have spent a large amount of time re-reading Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, and to demonstrate my point I will share the 'Wizard's Rules', you can find more on Wikipedia or on fan sites if you would like further elaboration:
Wizard's First Rule (from Wizard's First Rule): "People are stupid. [...] They will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true."
Wizard's Second Rule (from Stone of Tears): "The greatest harm can result from the best intentions."
Wizard's Third Rule (from Blood of the Fold): "Passion rules reason, for better or for worse."
Wizard's Fourth Rule (from Temple of the Winds): "There is magic in forgiveness, the magic to heal. In forgiveness you grant, but more so, in forgiveness you receive."
Wizard's Fifth Rule (from Soul of the Fire): "Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie."
Wizard's Sixth Rule (from Faith of the Fallen): "[T]he only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason"
Wizard's Seventh Rule (from The Pillars of Creation): "Life is the future, not the past."
Wizard's Eighth Rule (from Naked Empire): "Deserve victory." (Translated from "Talga Vassternich").
Wizard's Ninth Rule (from Chainfire): "A contradiction cannot exist in reality. Not in part, nor in whole."
Wizard's Tenth Rule (from Phantom): "Willfully turning aside from the truth is treason to one's self."
- A Case For Reading Fiction