Where Do You Draw The Line Between Reality & Fiction?


Fictional authors spin fascinating tales based on true life experiences, emotions and dreams, that they themselves once experienced. These intriguing stories are the creation of drawing on some deeper thoughts/emotions that the author may not be aware, yet they are from their own lives in some form or fashion. Sometimes these thoughts may have become so suppressed in the author’s minds that he/she may not recognize the connection, yet, all authors write about what they know. Even authors who write historical /period or fantasy, somewhere the story is grounded in a real life experience which triggered the story in the beginning.

So, keeping this in mind, is fiction just a twisted recollection of the author’s own experiences, a glancing blow of the author’s own reality (current or past), either fully realized or not? Although that moment of “reality” may only be brief, it is the catalysis to build an entire tale that enthralls, entices and entertains the reader. Yet, a kernel of “reality” from within the inner depths of the author was the basic cause of the author’s impulse to write the story.

When we read a novel, short story, play, etc. are we not experiencing a moment within the author’s real life? I have my own list of favorite authors, I like their writing style, but I also feel a deeper connection with that author, an appreciation or shared experience. Do I like that author just for his/her writing style, or have I bonded in some unknowing way to that particular author as a person, an individual, someone for whom I have a shared experience(s)?

At some point an author creates a work of fiction, but once it is published, doesn’t the fiction become a tangible source of “reality” for the reader? As the reader consumes the story, don’t the written words become a state of “reality” in the readers mind? In a manner of speaking, the fictional manuscript which was created in the mind of the author becomes “reality” in a metaphysical sense in the mind of the reader. So, my question: is there really such a thing as “fiction”???

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