Facts About Fiction!

Yet another contribution by Miss Sumitra Sarkar for our Anyone Can Blog! campaign.

Author: Sumitra Sarkar

Introduction: Currently working as an Advertising professional with 12 years of Experience. MBA in Marketing and had Graduation major in Economics. Currently residing in Mumbai and have Travelling and Reading as hobbies.

You can also find this article on her blog: http://sparkling-sumi.blogspot.in/


The Article:


Most of my student life was spent in getting lectures from Dad on ‘Stop reading those STUPID books’! Most children at that age would suffer a similar fate, I guess.

But honestly, I always wondered if these books are so stupid, how are they bestsellers? Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Sidney Sheldon, Robin Cook, etc. etc. etc… And why would someone read boring books on self-improvement when there are much more interesting books to read; especially when the curriculum books are good enough to make you snore in minutes.

But like a stubborn bull, I decided to ignore parental pressure and continue my affair with the world of fiction… and it paid off pretty well.

Steve Jobs once mentioned that everything you learn is of help at some point in life. In his case it was calligraphy, leading to innovative fonts available in Mac.

Examples may be different for different people, but the fact remains.

My first experience of this was when I used the word ‘adrenaline’ in a conversation with a roommate who studying pharma. I had no idea that using this word would be a shocker for her. Her immediate reaction was ‘Hey, how do you know that term? It’s a medical term and most commoners don’t even use it in their daily conversations!’

Thank You Nancy Drew 😉

Fiction is always made up of facts. It is education in a ‘play school’ fashion… a bit of education with loads of fun! And the education bit dissolves so easily that yourself will not realize that you’ve learnt something.

Even during my MBA days, it took me a lot to shift my focus onto those management books. Ofcourse I had graduated to more serious fiction like John Grisham and Jeffery Archer, the penchant for fiction was still the same.

But is it just the plot of the novels or it’s the idea of imagination that keeps me glued to fiction? I would say it’s none of the two.

It is the FACTS mentioned in here that make you imagine… that make you put two and two together…that keeps you glued onto the book till the last page…and makes you think about the plot long after the book is over.

An imaginary plot based on a few crucial facts!

Let’s take Jurrassic Park… Isla Nublar was a fictional Island…but Costa Rica was real! The experiment of re-creating dinosaurs was fictional, but the science of dinosaurs was real!
Did we even care about dinosaurs till the time we read or saw Jurassic Park? Mostly no…
Simply put, news is boring… but a true story made into a film suddenly caught eyeballs.

While facts are stated, fiction makes you think.

Even epic stories and fables are fiction in a way…but they form the crux of our basic learnings.

And if fiction is your key to escape into a new world, why give it up?


We from Penpaperideas Thank Miss Sumitra Sarkar again for sharing her article with us.

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