Booking Through Thursday

Weekly meme hosted by

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!

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!


This is an interesting topic for this week and I am very curious to read all of the responses.

I am kind of on the fence on this topic. I feel bad for the families and friends whom have to continue on after these tragedies such as 9/11 and hurricane Katrina, or even Columbine. To have to replay the events over and over again through the media with the news, TV shows and now with the writing of fictional novels that are based on these such tragedies.

But, on the other hand, I love my fiction!!! I love reading about the strange and unusual and the fact that they could be based on real events makes it even better when reading. There is some kind of excitement that this event could actually happen.

What do you think?

5 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday

  1. I think reading about a fictional event based on a real catastrophe can connect the reader, emotionally, to the tragedy. We get so bombarded with news about horrible things happening, that to an extent, we become numb to it. We certainly aren’t capable of feeling it like the people who are actually going through it. So, creating a fictional character that faces these things will help the reader identify with the struggle and emotional heartache and trauma of a bad thing. It helps us be more compassionate.

    At least that’s my 2 cents.


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