Reality of fiction

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The Reality of fiction or the reality in fiction is an axiom that introduces the idea that fictional events, stories and such are actually parallel universes to our own, acting more or less independently to this world. It may be well englobed in the multiverse theory.



This theory comes to contradict the well-embedded, but unproven current (As of 2009) premises that reality and fiction are two distinct matters and notions, if not even opposite ones.


There have been some common-sense observations about this matter since the appearance of fiction, or at least of published or televised one. While some knew instinctively, others went as far as to hope replicating the techniques or events from fictional works will bring them closer to the wanted effects in this world.


While few example useful for display and study could be found in our own world, we need only look to the works of fiction in an attempt at trace-reversal. Thus, for convenience, we may start at works of fiction that only respect the commonly and currently known laws of physics from our own world. In this, we can obviously observe that many elements from that world of fiction are inspired from our own. From this we can make a weak assumption, that also events in our world have some inspiration or roots from those of other worlds. This does not stand up to scientific scrutiny for now, but it's a good starting ground.

Next, the most interesting part is where fantasy or science-fiction is embedded with apparently normal world events. These are what some aspire for (or in contrary, fear it will happen) in reality, and which some claim have achieved. This is the starting point between total "normality" and total "fiction", the gray area, for which we also have more or less substantiated physical proof.

The latter is of course where supernatural events happen often (at least "in the eye of the beholder"), or the world is far more advanced technological or in an alternate state altogether.

Questions and theories

The questions that come out of the above is "where do these worlds come from, and how can their stories appear in ours?". For the first, in relation with fiction, often authors are credited with the "original idea" of the world they are assumed they create. However, sometimes the world is too complex, too dazzling, that it comes to the mind of many "how could someone actually invent such a thing?".

The other theory, just as plausible, is that these authors that describe these worlds, are only visitors in them. But this would give it an idea of coincidence, which is again partly contradicted. When adding in other factors as the energy each world expounds on average, the popularity, the ability for it to be subjected to reality warping throughout time and other factors, it becomes clear each world has its specific vitalism, which is very unlikely to come from the author, but rather to be closest at that moment in time to him. So it may be said that either the world chooses the author, or less likely - the author chooses the world, but even less likely is that the author creates the world.

This brings the answer to the second question, that is why is this connection made. The answer can be one of the following, or even all at once: at the will or need/wish of either the author or of the world. Another, more remote theory, that could be incorporated in the above, is that there would be a higher force needing it, wanting it or making it happen.

Changes issues

There are some issues regarding the changes such a world goes through, from the beginning to changing multiple scenarios. This is again attributed to the author, but it is unlikely he has such tremendous power over such a world - if more than one person would have such power over our world, it would undoubtedly transform it into a mess. As well as this, the hypothesis - although rare - that a person watching such "productions", by will-power, great emotions or enough energy, can change the events in that world - or what we perceive of it - through love, fear or expectations of an event.

The answers may vary. In little, minor changes (maybe a color, maybe a minor scene not introduced, or which appears a little different than the author's "vision" on it, etc) may be attributed to just minor misunderstandings and may not have any effect at all on that world. But major ones, like the changes to a character's destiny, or an alternate earth, or an entire Universe's, literally, most likely can not be achieved. So, that may be the point of divergence between two worlds: one in the original vision of the artist, and after that next ones in other major changes.

As one (fictional god-like) person said, "I can change this world as much as I want, but there are limits; not to me, but I fear if I go too far, it may no longer be the world where I lived in where I exist anymore, but have been sent to another because not being allowed, or not having the power, or simply the world did not agree to that many changes from my part".

See also


  • Original research by kyb3lion, theories that should be considered under good faith that the writer believes to be true.
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