Table Talk: Fiction vs Reality

Wouldn’t it be cool if  the books we read were actually real life?

Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. As you can see, without hesitation I think it would be really cool if fiction were our reality (of course, this doesn’t apply to any of the horror genre or books like the Hunger Games. Yeah, those types of stories I do not wish were reality. Just want to get that straight). I know the person who asked me this question was just bringing up a questions for fun and I don’t think she would expect me to get all philosophical on her …

… but,

I don’t think I’d want that. Reality bites, sometimes. It can be harsh, it can be cruel, and it can … well, it can be rather depressing.

Which is why we have some awesome fiction!

If I think about it for a moment, I read books to take a break from reality because reality can be harsh, and cruel, and depressing. I read fiction to, theoretically, take a vacation. I let my brain take a break and let my imagination do the work for a an hour to two (or three or the whole darned night if I’m being honest). I’m not limiting this thought to books, either. This applies to movies and television as well. They are all forms of entertainment. And I’m not running away from reality (most times) or hiding from the world (most times), but I think, sometimes, we don’t let our minds ‘play’ enough. We’re constantly thinking what’s next, what’s happened, what are we going to do now and we never just … imagine. You know in grade school how they give us recess or during the summer and after school how we just played? I think sometimes our minds just need that. Please note that I do believe there is such a thing as too much television or too much reading where it distorts reality for the reader/watcher and that is an exception (see below).

Well, I sometimes wish fiction would be more realistic.

I’ve heard this one too. And I don’t think I wish that. I mean, it’s for the same reasons as above. Fiction is there to entertain us, to make life a bit more bearable, to give us an extra boost to handle reality. And if fiction isn’t entertaining we get bored. Tell me that’s not true. What movie did you fall asleep to (and not because you were tired either). And when we’re watching documentaries or similar it’s not about entertaining, per se, but more so along the lines of telling reality in an interesting way. Does that make any sense? For some reason it sounded more profound in my mind. Sorry.

Anyway. I think fiction and reality are the flip sides of the same coin. A yin and yang, so to speak.

And I feel as if I have to stress the point that I’m considering fiction and reality in its most literal sense and with the understanding that there are exceptions. For some reason I always think there are exceptions no matter how black and white things seem. I mean, take the theory on alternate timelines and parallel universes … okay, reigning that side of my geekiness in because that’s a whole other discussion. Anyway, back to the main topic. I understand that there are exceptions to this train of thought, but for the most part, that’s how I see it.

Do you wish you could live out some of the books you read?

Do you wish that some fiction were a bit more realistic?

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