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
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.
go softly into the night. mgf
Behind the Fiction