F for Fiction

a-to-z-letters-fFiction.:”something invented by the imagination or feigned; specifically : an invented story” ~ Merriam-Webster.com

Creative Lies.

I have an MA degree in History as well as English; therefore, people are always surprised when I tell them I don’t like to read History books (with a few exceptions) or Biographies. I don’t like toย  watch the History channel or the Discovery Channel or Women on Death Row or “Reality” TV. I like good ol’ fashioned lies. My mom often comments on my lack of “intellectual” TV watching with “You have two Masters’ degrees and you want to watch that crap?” Yes, I very much want to watch that crap. Just like some of my favorite books are brain candy books, junk reading. My guilty pleasures are crime shows, sci-fi and superhero movies, and supernatural books. My really really guilty pleasure? Archy comic books.

My life is full of reality: stresses from work and school and boys and family and all the stresses life dishes out. So, when I give myself time for entertainment, it’s going to be as far from reality as humanly possible. I’m always surprised when people tell me they don’t like to read fiction. I always wonder why. In fiction, there are thousands of worlds and times and people to know and interact with, to love and travel with. In fiction, anything is possible. I like going anywhere, being anyone, loving anyone. As a writer, I like to create people and places that only the imagination can think of. People and places that can only exist in the world of lies, in the world of fiction.

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10 thoughts on “F for Fiction

  1. I am right there with you! I love make-believe, too. People say, oh, that’s just escapism. Well, duh! Yep, fiction is my drug of choice. Thanks for a great post.

  2. I love both fiction and non fiction – I read anything and everything. Am lost without a book – I guess it’s like a drug?
    Great post thank you!
    ref=”http://www.gardenofedenblog.com”>Susan Scott’s Soul Stuff

  3. I loved this post. I am coming to the end of my Grad studies. I’ll be a professional counselor with an undergrad in Humanities and Psychology. But I don’t like spend hours obsessing over counseling journals, or entertain writing peer-reviewed articles. I’d rather write. Fantasy, mystery, drama, and even religous. I get my kicks from watching drama…that’s how I ‘people watch.’ You know…I didn’t get that until just now. People, other writers talk about going out and people watching to get ideas and inspiration. I worried…is there something wrong with me because I don’t? But I do. I just do it MY way. LOL
    Your post…helped me find out something about myself. Thanks so much!!!

    Cheers,
    Michala T.
    www,bitemybook,com

  4. Amen, sister! I write fantasy and historical fiction. My guilty pleasures match many of yours. When I need to dump some stress, I love to watch action movies with lots of explosions. Real life is hard enough. Our imaginations want to party!

    Happy A to Z!

  5. I feel like reality stinks! Death, taxes, stopped up sewer systems and non-working appliances just is not my idea of entertainment. What I enjoy most is creating the fiction. Yes I also enjoy consuming it, but creating it really makes me the happiest!

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