Posts Tagged 'fiction'


Neil Gaiman on why we read, the power of cautionary questions, and how speculative storytelling enlarges our humanity

I just think goodness is more interesting. Evil is constant. You can think of different ways to murder people, but you can do that at age five. But you have to be an adult to consciously, deliberately be good – and that’s complicated.

Toni Morrison [x] (via becketted)


(via machine-dove)

wow! This is perfect!

(via winterstar95)





I wonder how people who cry about others liking extremely horrible, brutal, ideologically-vile villains cope with the realisation that people who like those characters often also like the upstanding, morally good heroes or supporting cast. That it is possible for a person to be greatly entertained by both and have no interest whatsoever in real-world comparative analysis because we aren’t all invested in media solely to receive or disseminate Important Moral Lessons.

The absolute madmen.

Hell, fiction, particularly interactive fiction, is a way to safely engage with villainous choices – to watch the aftermath of one’s less-than-glittering-pure decisions, without harming any real people. It’s a chance to be something other than the hero, or at times, a chance to be a different kind of hero. Mostly, though, it’s an opportunity to burn down the world and giggle a bit, because none of it is real.

And then, you know, to go back to being a perfectly bloody decent person in your actual life that involves real people, after.

Even if you do like digging into the morals, it’s all hypothetical in the end. No take on a character and no decision in an RPG is going to directly cause or hinder world peace.

It also fosters empathy. Someone who learns, through fiction, to understand a villain’s motivations even if they would never approve of their actions, might think twice before vilifying the real life person whose actions annoy them.

Um so…saw this book description on a book recs list and of course the first thing I thought of was Asunder. Clearly Cole is loose at this boarding school.

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