Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fiction Identity Postulate

All fiction is equally real.

That is to say, all fiction is equally unreal. Fiction, by its very definition, is make-believe. Made up. Imagined.

From the biggest summer blockbuster movie, to the most obscure novel buried at the bottom of a bargain bin, to the crappiest Fan Fic, to the smallest passing idea of a story in a random person's mind, all fiction is equally real.

Fiction may vary in a lot of ways, specifically in genre, quality, presentation, and cultural significance. However, the ideas underneath it all are equal in gravity. They are all exactly 0% real.

Fans of a show can take comfort in the fact that, while something happened on the show they don't like, they could invent an alternate continuity inside of their mind, and it would be equally as real. After all, it's just television.

This principle could be said to be the source of fanfiction, or, to an extent, the source of all fiction; the idea to aspire to significance in writing is what drives people to use tropes to build their own work.

The Fiction Identity Postulate can be proved by illustrating that, when it comes to story concepts, all ideas have the potential to be good. Sometimes it takes a little tweaking, other times it may take serious revamping and changing of the genre, quality, and presentation, but beneath every pile of crap is something pretty if you are willing to dig through it.

Of course, this can be completely inverted (or just explained in a different way) by an infinite multiverse: everything that has the tiniest possibility of existing must exist; this makes all fiction 100% real. We call this explanation "All Stories Are Real Somewhere".

"Stories. Stories? What’s a story? When you were in high school, did you learn about the Civil War? How? Did you read about it, perchance, in a book? How is that any less real than any other book? 
History books are based on history. And storybooks are based on what? Imagination? Where does that come from? It has to come from somewhere. You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants some magical solution for their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic."

"Here’s the thing, Jefferson – this is it. This is the real world."

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