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Behind The Fiction, Past
A Fiction Column
By Michael G'Francisco



Is life fiction and fantasy? No, they are different. All fantasy is fiction, but all fiction is not fantasy. Everyone’s life, at one time or another, is peppered with events worthy of a story.

The human eye is a camera of life’s fiction. It captures pictures of one’s everyday life. We make up adventures, invent and scribe the significance of temporal concords to those “privilege moments” to which we alone award their prestige, make our own human clocks tick in an endless dream.

A great majority of people today are concerned with self-popularity and trying “to fit in” with what the movie and television industries create as a way of life. A small majority blend into the pages of fiction created by author’s about life’s “win, lose and draw" situations.

From childhood, a person attempts to enter life’s “theatrical stage”. People tend to become an actor in their everyday life by acquiring a manifested identity and in some cases tend to dress and live the part.

While inspiration may come frequently from reality, the fictional world inside our heads are what create the pieces that actually define us. Fiction and fantasy are an integral part of human life. Man/woman each have an inherent need for diversion, to get away, even if only for a few moments from the daily “humdrum” of life.

Ernest Hemingway mixed fiction and life together to write many great novels. He was also known for a habit of beguiling friends and acquaintances into believing that he was well disposed toward them, when in fact, he was pillorying their habits into fiction for a novel.

Hemingway’s writing style establishes meaning through dialogue, action and silence. He could prune language, multiply intensities and tell the truth in a way that allowed for telling more than the truth. His novel, The Sun Also Rises (1926) is a good example.

A good read to get a handle on fantasy in fiction is Ray Bradbury’s The Life of Fiction by Jonathan R. Eller and William F. Touponce (2004). The book examines Bradbury’s authorship over more than a half-century, it explores in graphic detail the interconnections of all of his writings.

If a person wants to be a writer, they must be willing to use their imaginations, which in some cases means transforming your own experiences. A good fiction writer tends to use their daydreams, lies, and troubles to create believable fiction and fantasy novels.

Mark Twain’s old cliché “The truth is stranger than Fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t”, I believe, explains it quite effectively.

Remember our minds have mysteries, which have been proven by mental disorder studies that have related some of the strange workings of the human mind. Fact is stranger than fiction as in the two unusual and rare examples from health disorder articles that are listed below:

A person waking up with their own hand trying to strangle themselves during sleeping. And, a person lapsing into a seizure at the sound of a particular person’s voice.



Now, go softly into the night. mgf

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