Fiction

The ability to create fiction is cited by many as one of the defining characteristics of humanity.  Without imagination we would be just mere machines.  American Author Henry Miller once said that “Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.”  The famous German Physicist Albert Einstein also contemplated that imagination was more important than knowledge “while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Henry Miller’s daughter recounts that he would take her and her brother for walks in the hills, telling them stories “…one I recall about a little rich girl who lived in the city, a fantasy which fascinated us, being country kids.”  Fantasy often narrates a fantasy world or parallel universe to our own, (figuratively or literally) and has many different genres such as novels, games and films.  Whereas the previous evolutions of narrative pertain to be historical with elements of truth, fiction is the only one to be commonly acknowledged as man-made and false.  Fiction comes from the Latin ‘fingere,’ ‘to form, or to create’.

Works of fiction have the ability to evoke a whole range of emotional responses and this type of story has possibly the largest range of applications due to the scope that it can cover, due to not being linked to the physical world.  Fiction is purely accepted as non-truth, allowing the narrative to take place in a different reality altogether for example George Lucas’ Star Wars.

Even though Star Wars is set in another galaxy altogether, the themes and characters echo much closer to home,  for example the re-interpretation of the Samurai Code, Bushido, and the likeness of ‘The Force’ to religious elements of our own society.  Aidan Wasley, for an article for Slate.com in Nov, 2005, “As Star Wars works to make us aware of its own narrative structure, other odd things about the films start to come into focus. Most significantly, we start to notice that the films are an elaborate meditation on the dialectic between chance and order. They all depend upon absurd coincidence to propel the story forward. Just what are the odds, in just one of near-infinite examples, that of all the planets in that galaxy far, far away, the droids should end up back on Tatooine, in the home of the son of the sweet (if annoying) boy who had built C-3PO decades before?”

The endless possibilities of fiction translate well into games, books, TV and film, and although often take influence from real events or other stories, it is the most creative form, allowing for re-interpretation and re-invention, and the further adaptation into even newer and more relevant forms of narrative.

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henrymille158035.html

http://www.saidwhat.co.uk/topicquote/imagination

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one

http://www.slate.com/id/2129225/

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