„fiction always surpasses reality but reality is always richer than fiction.“

Quelle: Outlaws

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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Javier Cercas1
spanischer Schriftsteller, Journalist und Professor für spa… 1962

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„The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.“

—  Tom Clancy American author 1947 - 2013

Attributed to an interview on Larry King Live; also quoted in Quotable Quotes (1997) edited by Deborah Deford
Attributed variant: The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
Clancy here expresses an idea evoked in similar statements made by others, all derived from the orignial made by Lord Byron:
Lord Byron: Truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.
Mark Twain: Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities, truth isn't.
G. K. Chesterton: Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
Leo Rosten: Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense. (attributed)
1990s

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Yan Lianke Foto

„Reality is much more absurd and complex than any fiction.“

—  Yan Lianke Chinese novelist and satirist 1958

"China on China, Culture for Billions" Documentary

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Nora Roberts Foto

„Good fiction creates its own reality.“

—  Nora Roberts American romance writer 1950

Quelle: The Stanislaski Brothers: Mikhail and Alex

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„Reality, as usual, beats fiction out of sight.“

—  Joseph Conrad Polish-British writer 1857 - 1924

Letter (September 1915), published in The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad, edited by Frederick R. Karl and Laurence Davies, Vol. 5, p. 509 ISBN 0521323894

„Yesterday's science fiction is today's prosaic, everyday reality.“

—  Garry Davis American actor turned peace activist (1921-2013) 1921 - 2013

Letters to World Citizens (2004)

„Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.“

—  J. G. Ballard British writer 1930 - 2009

"Inner Landscape : Interview with J.G. Ballard" by Robert Lightfoot and David Pendleton, in Friends No. 17 (30 October 1970) http://www.jgballard.ca/media/1970_oct_friends_magazine.html; also quoted in The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (1993) by Robert Andrews
Kontext: A hundred years ago one has the impression that people had made a clear distinction between the outer world of work and of agriculture, commerce and social relationships — which was real — and the inner world of their own minds, day-dreams and hopes. Fiction on the one hand; reality on the other. This reality which surrounded individuals, the writer's role of inventing a fiction that encapsulated various experiences going on in the real world and dramatising them in fictional form, worked. Now the whole situation has been reversed. The exterior landscapes of the seventies are almost entirely fictional ones created by advertising, mass merchandising… politics conducted as advertising. It is very difficult for the writer.
Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.

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„Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by.“

—  Ralph Ellison, buch Shadow and Act

Shadow and Act (New York: Random House, 1964), Introduction, p. xix; in The Collected Essays, ed. John F. Callahan (New York: Modern Library, 1995), p. 56.

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„All of our separate fictions add up to joint reality.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, buch Unkempt Thoughts

Unkempt Thoughts (1957), p. 93; also p. 21

„For the writer in particular it is less and less necessary for him to invent the fictional content of his novel. The fiction is already there. The writer's task is to invent the reality.“

—  J. G. Ballard, buch Crash

"Introduction" to the French edition (1974) of Crash (1973); reprinted in Re/Search no. 8/9 (1984)
Crash (1973)
Kontext: We live in a world ruled by fictions of every kind — mass merchandising, advertising, politics conducted as a branch of advertising, the instant translation of science and technology into popular imagery, the increasing blurring and intermingling of identities within the realm of consumer goods, the preempting of any free or original imaginative response to experience by the television screen. We live inside an enormous novel. For the writer in particular it is less and less necessary for him to invent the fictional content of his novel. The fiction is already there. The writer's task is to invent the reality.

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„Tis strange - but true; for Truth is always strange,
Stranger than Fiction“

—  George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824

Variante: For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.

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„The trouble with fiction… is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense.“

—  Aldous Huxley English writer 1894 - 1963

"John Rivers" in The Genius and the Goddess (1955)
Quelle: The Genius And The Goddess

Augusto Boal Foto

„In truth the Theatre of the Oppressed has no end, because everything which happens in it must extend into life….The Theatre of the Oppressed is located precisely on the frontier between fiction and reality – and this border must be crossed. If the show starts in fiction, its objective is to become integrated into reality, into life.“

—  Augusto Boal Brazilian writer 1931 - 2009

Games for Actors and non-Actors (1992)
Kontext: In truth the Theatre of the Oppressed has no end, because everything which happens in it must extend into life…. The Theatre of the Oppressed is located precisely on the frontier between fiction and reality – and this border must be crossed. If the show starts in fiction, its objective is to become integrated into reality, into life. Now in 1992, when so many certainties have become so many doubts, when so many dreams have withered on exposure to sunlight, and so many hopes have become as many deceptions – now that we are living through times and situations of great perplexity, full of doubts and uncertainties, now more than ever I believe it is time for a theatre which, at its best, will ask the right questions at the right times. Let us be democratic and ask our audiences to tell us their desires, and let us show them alternatives. Let us hope that one day – please, not too far in the future – we’ll be able to convince or force our governments, our leaders, to do the same; to ask their audiences – us – what they should do, so as to make this world a place to live and be happy in – yes, it is possible – rather than just a vast market in which we sell our goods and our souls. Let’s hope. Let’s work for it!

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„Fact and fiction carry the same intrinsic weight in the marketplace of ideas. Fortunately, reality has no advertising budget.“

—  Daniel Suarez, buch Freedom™

Quelle: Freedom™ (2010), Chapter 2: Operation Exorcist, Character: a principal from the lobbying firm Byers, Carroll, and Marquist (BCM)

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„Your strength as a rationalist is your ability to be more confused by fiction than by reality. If you are equally good at explaining any outcome, you have zero knowledge.“

—  Eliezer Yudkowsky American blogger, writer, and artificial intelligence researcher 1979

Your Strength As A Rationalist http://lesswrong.com/lw/if/your_strength_as_a_rationalist/ (August 2007)

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