11 thoughts on “Fiction is a necessity.

  1. I love this 🙂 I don’t think we could live without fiction in our lives in some way – from the small daydreams in our heads, to the weaving of tales and stories to recount our lives and make them sound more exciting than they are; and to learn how to imagine and play!!! Would would play time have been as a child if not guided by visions of princesses and fairies (for me anyway)? I got that from the literature and I translated it into my own type of fiction to have fun and play! Of course we don’t need books per se (though if someone cut me off I’d have a heart attack). But we need the fiction to keep our lives fun; our minds ticking and a little bit of imagination into playtime never goes astray!

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  2. Huh, it never occurred to me to distinguish between the two, but I think I get it… Literature is generally more polished, but fiction is EVERYWHERE. We need story, in its most basic form, to exist–we’re part of The Story just by living. Very thought-provoking quote!

  3. Have you read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien? That book was probably what convinced me of the necessity of fiction. The chapter about “Story Truth” sort of blew my mind. He writes the whole book as if it’s autobiographical, then at about 80% of the way through the book, he tells you that it’s all made up. His rationale is that the fictional stories are more representative of the truth than the events that actually occurred. It was really frustrating to read at first, but the more I think about it, the more I believe in what he’s saying. Sometimes, stories are more true than reality.

    • Hi Natalie! Yes, I have read that book! So. Freakin. Good.

      I was looking at some other quotes related to the one I eventually chose (the one in this blog post), and I guess I can summarize my thoughts by saying that sometimes fiction allows us to tell the truth in a better, easier, more understandable way than just telling the truth itself. Gosh, I love story.

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