Countless reviewers will state that the reason for their low rating of a book is because they found it unbelievable. REALLY? Then why aren't they reading the newspaper, biographies, memoirs, history, and countless other factual and believable narratives.
Before I go further, let's just review a few synonyms for the word FICTION:
- Fable, fantasy, myth, tale, yarn, concoction, crock, fabrication, falsehood, fancy, fib, hooey, improvisation, invention, lie, misrepresentation, untruth, whopper, figment of imagination, tall story, storytelling.
Now, let's look at the antonyms:
- Reality, Truth.. and I might add, credibility.
I think it would be truthful to say that people read fiction to be entertained--not educated. And while both can be found and enjoyed in a work of fiction, the very genre necessitates un-reality.
As an avid reader, I love fiction. I look forward to losing myself in a world that I've never visited, meeting characters I would never have a chance to meet in my real world, and to suspend myself in the fictional fabrication of both. I don't want my fictional world to duplicate the one I know. I don't want the characters to think, feel, or act exactly like all those who inhabit my reality. I want the fictional world to challenge my boundaries; and I want the fictional characters to be bigger-than-life, in the sense that they don't act as expected, say what they should, or always play nice.
And while I'm ranting, let me just say that TRUTH can be one of the most unbelievable aspects of life. How many times have you read a headline only to say to yourself, "Unbelievable!"
In short, those who don't like heights, shouldn't climb mountains. Those who hate water, shouldn't scuba dive. And those who want total believability in their reading material, should stick with owner manuals.
Fiction is, and always will be, a lie told with humor, anxiety, fear, mystery, and romance. Hopefully it will entertain, but don't expect it to follow the pattern of your reality.
Don't insult an author of fiction by stating that their story was unbelievable, just stick with non-fiction...