Thursday, March 17, 2011
Booking Through Thursday
The news has been horrifying and addictive this week, with catastrophe piled on catastrophe, to a degree that–if I had read this in a book or seen it in a movie–I’d be protesting that it was just too unlikely, too farfetched.
But, topics for novels get ripped from the headlines all the time. Or real-life events remind you of fiction (whether “believable” or not) that you’ve read but never expected to see. Or real life comes up with an event so unbelievable that it stretches you sense of reality.
Hmm … I can’t quite come up with an outright question to ask, but thinking about the theory of fiction and how it can affect and be affected by real world events can act as a buffer between the horrific events on the news and having to actually face that horror. So … what happens when the line between fiction and reality becomes all-too slim? Discuss!
I felt the same way on 9-11 when the towers collapsed. You couldn't mentally process what you were seeing - it looked like a scene out of a movie that came to life.
That's why I like my reading material to be light - an escape from reality. To step into another world and leave this troubled one behind - even if it's only for a few moments.