“It’s only fiction,” my husband has told me for years, but, but, it’s never “only fiction.” The truth is all too often told in the guise of fiction. Different names, different dates and details, but same sad story happening in our world, in our own backyard, but most people shrug, turn a blind eye: “That’s the way the world is.”
The truth is best told in the guise of fiction. I’ve been saying that for years. Today I surfed the internet to make sure nobody else has said it first. You know how that goes. A writer thinks she has a fresh, new, original idea, only to hear an agent say, “Oh, we’ve been flooded with stories like this. Bring on something nobody else has done yet.”
One recent novel totally nails the concept of a sordid truth being exposed to the public, disguised as fiction, names changed to protect the innocent from the guilty. I have 5-starred this novel after reading it at least five times. And this is a grueling read. Animal torture. In graphic, explicit detail.
You can read more about this novel here:
High Kill by Diane Ryan: a Steemit author tells ugly truths in the guise of fiction – rave review by Keangaroo
And you can buy the ebook for $0.00 for a limited time – try it!
Sad to say, the author confirms real-life events inspired this novel:
Those who are oblivious to the social decay in our region may be appalled by my portrayal of modern Appalachian culture. Very few plot points in this novel are pure fabrication…. behind every twist and turn in this story is truth, none more poignant and heart-wrenching than my accounts of vicious animal abuse at the hands of county employees. A former animal control officer reviewed the scene in which Eric Blevins recalls an incident at a local shelter. She said it was so accurate based on her personal experiences that she could barely stand to read it.
Dang. I was afraid of that.
I will add more to this post later. For now, I just wanted to get that quote out there:
The truth is best told in the guise of fiction.