Fiction is it a reflection of reality?

November 20, 2006 1:43am CST
I like to read and I really can get my head into a fiction novel, I can sink myself deep into the pages, visualizing all the characters in the various scenes. Dan Brown is a very good author who engages his readers. Imagination is key in my book (no pun intended). See the mind can take you places you have never been or maybe you don't want to go once you find out how distant it can be. So when we read about fictional characters and situations is'nt it just reflecting real life, but then what is real? Okay compared to fantasy... Well now that is a whole other topic for me to discuss in a later thread.
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@achyuta (2851)
• United States
20 Nov 06
Most people assume, that if you can touch an object, taste it, or hit something with it, it must be real, and their knowledge of its reality is based on the direct apprehension of the facts at hand. Fiction, on the other hand, because it is made up by us, is not a fact we can apprehend directly, and is thus either false or unreal. I am arguing that the reverse is true: that our access to reality is based on fiction rather than fact, that we understand something only insofar as we tell ourselves a story about it. By this I mean that fiction is inherently more 'true' than fact, and that what we call facts are actually nothing more than good fictions- ones which we deem most reasonable to accept. Thank you for your post.
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• Philippines
29 May 11
yes, anything that man can imagine is indeed being manifested in existence be it in this world that we live in or in another dimension. this may be hard to accept but it is true, we are all creators and although we are limited in this existence our true selves is always limitless and infinite. so whatever it is that we read or see in the movies or even just think about is in existence.
@bazranz (200)
20 Nov 06
Just to complicate matters even more, I like to read fiction books which are based around real events, for example, A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens. The problem here is tha fact and fiction intertwine, and there can be doubt about which is the factual part and which isn't. Hmmm, I suppose we have the same outlook, but just by different methods.