What is the difference in Escape fiction and Interpretive fiction? It’s all in the imagination so how can we tell the difference? There is a big difference. In Escape fiction we enjoy a flight of the imagination that takes us out of our daily lives to adventure or romance. In Interpretive fiction we learn something to stretch and refine our minds. We learn about ourselves and the world we live in.
With so many books of history, instructions and discussions waiting to be read, you might ask, why write fiction? Why would we waste our time writing from the imagination when so many interesting subjects are just waiting to be written about? The answer is to gain enjoyment and understanding of our world and our fellow human beings. People have always enjoyed following the lives of imaginary characters. But interpretive fiction gives something more than pleasure. A good book of interpretive fiction expands and refines our mind.
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Samuel Richardson said, ” The truest history is full of falsehoods and good Interpretation fiction is full of truths.” Interpretative fiction is written to sharpen our minds and raise our awareness. We learn something about character and our fellowman. Interpretive fiction and Escape fiction are at the two opposite ends of the scale. In Escape fiction we read for enjoyment and escape from our daily lives. The difference doesn’t lie in facts. Escape fiction may be full of historical facts and moral uprightness and yet be pure escape in the shallow way it portrays it’s characters. While on the other hand Interpretive fiction gives us insight into the nature and condition of our existence. It may be of no moral value and yet it will press upon our mind some sudden truth. the Interpretive writer takes us into the world and says, “Look, this is the way it is.”
The Escape writer fulfills our wishes. He takes us to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s fun and gets us away from the real world for awhile and then we forget the story. The Interpretive writer takes us behind the scenes. He takes us behind the mirrors and pretty pictures. He seeks to make clear our illusions. The Interpretive writer shapes and forms his work in such a way that we gain greater understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live.