As I get older, my life becomes more complicated1 and I’m finding more and more that I love fiction. Movies, books, theatre… anything entertainment really. I’d be okay with watching a true story as well… but I prefer fiction. Mostly because it has a greater ability to take me away from myself and allow me to get lost in someone else’s world.
My world is not horrible, in fact some would say I have been quite lucky… but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a need to escape every now and then. Though lately, I seem to want to escape more and more. I keep wanting to watch every movie they put out there and sometimes, when I love the movie so much I’ll read the book afterwards2.
For example, The Notebook, is one of my favourite love stories as tragic as it can be. And because I love this movie so much a while ago, I decided to read the book. I’m so happy that I read it but it got hard to read it at work on my lunch breaks. My eyes well up with tears way too often. The words written and the emotions conveyed by Nicholas Sparks awakens something inside me… and I feel so alive with painful joy3 every time I read this book.
There are some instances where I would be more inclined to watch or read something because simply its a true story but this only occurs when its something that I don’t usually care for4. But for the most part, I will usually prefer to watch fiction over a true story. Of course, that doesn’t mean that true stories don’t interest me but I just have that preference5.
What do you prefer? Fact or fiction?