Of Fact vs. Fiction


“Fiction must stick to facts, and the truer the facts the better the fiction—so we are told.” Virginia Euwer Wolff

What would you feel or do when your father reads to you a bedtime story? And, he reads it aloud to you in a very exhilarating manner to the point that it’d make you believe it’s real?

That’s the beauty or main essence of storytelling—to make us believe that something is true, that a certain idea is possible. To make us aware. To excite us of a possibility.

Inkheart (2008 film) is about just that. In the story we find the silver-tongue Mo. With his gift (or curse), he can make every character in a story come to life whenever he reads them aloud. He is someone who can make his listeners feel like the story is real as well as make them believe that they’re part of the story.

Words have power. And, it’d be worthwhile to see or realize the beauty and influence that a silver-tongue can have on his listeners as well.

There is a very thin line between fact and fiction. It’s sad to note that a lot of us—listeners, readers, audience—can’t tell the difference between the two. In fiction, writers often (if not always) make use of metaphors. And, they try to sustain that throughout the story.

A rose can represent love. A growing hamster can represent a growing economy. Monsters, like vampires, ogres, and dragons, can represent the evils we face in life like corruption, injustice, immorality, etc.

All these metaphors are made by a creative mind out of imagination. They’re all aimed to creatively and vividly express the message that the writer wishes to convey. And, it’s really sad (if not tragic) when some would take them literally and not for what they could possibly mean.

Don’t get lost. May we be able to determine reality from what isn’t. Fiction—no matter how true it may seem—is set to challenge our creativity and unlock our imagination. Open our minds to possibilities. 🙂


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