The Make-Believe World

Let’s talk about the “fictional dream.” What makes people willing to suspend belief and enter into a make-believe world?

How is this done successfully?

I’ve been contemplating this recently as I’ve been reading the young adult novels beginning with Divergent. Veronica Roth creates a world very different from our own, one which requires the reader to accept a society and societal structure very different from the norm. But many, many readers have loved this series.

Let’s think about reader bias. When a person picks up a novel, they understand, this isn’t real. But they want to enter into the fictional world without being bothered by nagging thoughts: This couldn’t happen. Oh, yeah, right! Click here to read the rest of this interesting article.

Kelly and Nancy

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