– Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
When Albert Einstein was asked how to develop intelligence in young people, he answered: “Read fairy tales. Then read more fairy tales.”
Sometimes Fiction writing gets looked down on by other more “relevant” vocations and modes of thought. Even within fiction, fairy tales and fantasy and similar styles of writing are looked down upon by other, more “relevant” forms of fiction. Fiction about characters and situations that are “realistic” and “relevant” and “deep.”
But when these folk say “relevant” what they really mean is “timely” and that can turn into an ugly sort of bug…the flippant and currant disease that’s infected literary thought for the current week.
But fantasy, good fantasy (folklore, mythology, fairy tales, etc.) has a way of being relevant forever. Sometimes, a thing need not be factual to be true – sometimes, a thing can hold facts and still be false.
they tell us that dragons exist, but because
they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
And as a final note…Wil is promoting the possible start of a writer’s forum, at Eureka, on his blog. So I thought I’d sound out the call too. Interested?
Good fantasy and science fiction for that matter have either a well written descriptive story, or is about the struggle of human nature, just with other stuff thrown into it. Some of the best books I know are sci fi, not because they have space ships, but because the characters have real conflict, and through that conflict grow and learn.
Blogs are fun.
Wait…am I interested in a writers forum…or in you….ummm….shoot, my reading comprehension never was very good….but…
Interest is Interest
I’m accepting interest in either of those 😉
Re: Interest is Interest
even though it was not offered to me, i might be interested too 🙂
If I may weigh in…
Fairy tales have always been the best stories. No-one rembers the boring biography they read in high school, but I’d wager to say that everyone here remembers the story of Snow White or Cinderella… even if it is the watered down disney version instead of the more insightful Grimm version… but I digress.
Fairy tales were meant to tell about the human condition in an enjoyable way. There’s always a message in a true fairy tale that can educate you while it entertains you. Sci-Fi, comedy, whatever… fiction is better. It’s written by smarter people (because they actually have the imagination to come up with something of their own instead of regurgitating facts) and still makes a relevant point.
Not that we don’t need biographies and crap to learn from the past, but fiction is more fun.
This coming from an ex-writer….
As for the forum, if I could write anything anymore, I’dve been interested, but alas, that dream has faded.