Introducing Fiction

While I was skimming through Peter Pappas' blog Copy / Paste, I came across this fabulous description of fiction, and I think it is worth sharing with students before jumping into the form.


... Serious fiction is a lie that tells the truth. Fiction can introduce you into the lies and truths of other people's minds and hearts, to your own country and time, or strange, foreign places and other eras, into the most public forums and the most private scenes of human intimacy; it can make you see, hear, feel, love, hate, forgive, judge, understand, and yet not be bound by the consequences of all those activities, though you are there as a participant-observer in the most personal and informed ways. 

To read the rest of Pappas' post, click here.