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Our Blog Conversation Stays Focused on Truth in Fiction


Some may feel that “truth” and “fiction” are eternal opposites… Truth in Fiction

Yet, readers can, regularly, consume a book of fiction and come away feeling they’ve learned something profoundly true about life…

This past Wednesday’s post was the beginning of our exploring this apparent truth about fiction—Our Blog Conversation Takes a Turn toward Truth. . .

You may want to check it out before finishing this post…

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O.K., here are the two comments on that past post—one from the U.K. and one from Australia—both from authors:

U.K.:

“If I didn’t put truth in my books I’d have nothing to write about. Of course one adapts the truth to fit a story; but, who hasn’t used a remembered place or situation, or even a character in their fiction? I believe even if an author writes fantasy they still use attitudes remembered from real life. My readers often ask if a character in my novels is really me and there are bits of me and my experiences in every book. Truth and imagination are blended in fiction, just as they are in drama.

“I’m told my books read like a ‘soap’ and take that as a compliment, not a criticism.”

Australia:

“I believe that fiction does always have a core of truth – But what does ‘core of truth’ mean? For me ‘truth’, in this sense, means an authentic voice and an emotional centre whose logic rings true. I don’t think the truth we are talking about here is the same as ‘it actually happened in reality’….A Hobbit did not take the ring to Mordor at any time we can remember in real life; but, the whole story resonates with an emotional, mythological and spiritual Truth – which is why we read it.

“Many writers, I believe, start with the grain of some small fact which they fictionalise into some larger world of even greater truth.”

Each of those comments say a lot about truth and fiction; but, I’ll only emphasis a bit of both…

U.K.:

“Truth and imagination are blended in fiction, just as they are in drama.”

This statement rings many bells for me:

I was already completely convinced that fiction has a truth about it; and, I now also realize that even a play about real life is a staged fiction that still speaks truth…

Australia:

“A Hobbit did not take the ring to Mordor at any time we can remember in real life; but, the whole story resonates with an emotional, mythological and spiritual Truth – which is why we read it.”

I’m glad the idea of Mordor was summoned—I’ve often felt I was approaching the place; yet, to be reminded we read fiction to discover the truths within it is comforting

What are your thoughts on this topic?

What are your feelings about it?

Care to share in the comments?
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