Where "work of fiction" means "fictional story" or "fictional narrative", not strictly "written work of fiction".
Consider a work of fiction, x. I am looking for a single verb, y, such that:
- If x is a novel, then "I y x" means "I read x."
- If x is a movie, then "I y x" means "I watch x."
- If x is a song, then "I y x means "I listen to x."
- If x is a game, then "I y x means "I play x."
(This is not an exhaustive list.)
How do I say something like
"Keep an open mind when you _____ a work of fiction"
"Keep an open mind when you read a book, watch a movie or TV show, listen to a song, play a game, etc."
Or how do I say
"I like to _____ fantasy."
"I like to read fantasy novels, watch fantasy movies and TV shows, listen to songs that tell fantastic stories, play fantasy games, etc."
These sentences are contrived examples; I am not asking for ways to rephrase them. I am asking for a verb that goes in the blank.
Likewise, is there an umbrella noun that refers to the one who _____s a work of fiction -- the reader of a book, the viewer of a movie, the listener of a song, the player of a game, etc.? (A noun that strictly refers to a single person, not a mass noun like "audience".)