Friday, 12 August 2016
Reasons For Blogging And For Reading Fantasy
I do not need to revisit accounts of the experience of a man becoming a wolf. See here and here.
Why do we read narratives as fantastic as this one? We do not believe in werewolves. But we have imagined them and can appreciate accounts of what they would be like. Without fiction, we would not be who or what we are. And some of the supernatural elements of fantasies are believed by some of us. The Christian Heaven and Hell exist in the goetic universe.
Fiction requires willing suspension of disbelief. Some religions require willing belief. This is a difference of degree, not of kind.