(quote) Dawn-58330 said: All good fiction is rooted in Truth. While the worlds and characters may be made up, the themes, conflicts, ironies, and morals are the same that we deal with in daily life. Fiction has helped me to learn about the experience of being human throughout the ages. It has taken me to places that I may never get a chance to step foot in. I have learned history, science, music, art, sports, and many other things. I've learned how other people think about life and the world. Reading fiction has expanded my horizons, given me more insights into others, and helped me to dream about my own future.
I've also discovered that by reading fiction I have studied the craft and can not only read it but write it. Maybe one day you will buy my best seller and then you too will find Truth in fiction.
Thanks for presenting your expert witnessing to the jury.
In The Closing of the American Mind
, a non-fictional best-seller of the late 1980's, Allan Bloom wrote words somewhat like, "Without reading great and near great literature, we will not come to much understanding of the many different, and sometimes complex, personalities in the world". Although his words were simple enough to allow me to gain some idea of what he meant, I still would have liked to understand that claim in greater detail. Unfortunately, he did not elaborate on his point.
In writing this topic, I was actually most interested in how literature can supposedly increase one's ability to understand and relate to many more kind of personalities, although I welcome comments about all the other ways in which literature can bring benefits. You hinted at this aspect with the words, "given me more insights into others".
Your words, "Maybe one day you will buy my best seller and then you too will find Truth in fiction", sounds like a "novel" idea, but I must ask whether there will be friction in you fiction?