Booking Through Thursday

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The news has been horrifying and addictive this week, with catastrophe piled on catastrophe, to a degree that–if I had read this in a book or seen it in a movie–I’d be protesting that it was just too unlikely, too farfetched.
But, topics for novels get ripped from the headlines all the time. Or real-life events remind you of fiction (whether “believable” or not) that you’ve read but never expected to see. Or real life comes up with an event so unbelievable that it stretches you sense of reality.
Hmm … I can’t quite come up with an outright question to ask, but thinking about the theory of fiction and how it can affect and be affected by real world events can act as a buffer between the horrific events on the news and having to actually face that horror. So … what happens when the line between fiction and reality becomes all-too slim? Discuss!
This is a really tough topic to discuss.  Part of me thinks that writing is a good outlet for those who have been in terrible situations to express their feelings and stresses about what had happened.  The flip side of that is that it is very hard for me to read these pieces of fiction because they just hit so close to home a lot of times.  It is very difficult to read about tragic situations.  I guess that I am terrible torn in my opinions about this topic.  I guess we just have to deal with it and make the best about learning to handle these types of books.