The wise, the intelligent, the brilliant – Shakespeare, Wells, Orwell, Welles, et al. – know that fact is fiction, fiction is fact, that the two are opposed, and that the two are synonymous.
Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? Or both? The truth is it’s both – and then some! Often have artists and critics commented that “fictional” art is more real than “reality.”
A news article, for example, may be filled with varying viewpoints, all meant to further the position of each party being quoted. A novel, which generally reflects the author’s views in one way or another, through a more creative approach, can bring the reader closer to the truth of matters, as the reader explores vivid, detailed moods, settings, and characterizations.
In my novel (being released mid 2016) DEADLY PRESCRIPTION, the characters and stories are fictional, while rooted in the very real troubles in and around Big Pharma, a trillion-dollar per year industry. Just as the FBI uses the rule of thumb “Follow the money,” so do criminals. I say that is a DEADLY PRESCRIPTION for crime, lies, deception, greed, and murder.
Fact or fiction? The lines are blurred in fiction, just as they are in life, in fact.
William Shakespeare created stories so deeply steeped in real human experience that, daily, countless people throughout the world, find themselves in scenarios from his plays – only the names and faces change! How many forbidden romances as in Romeo & Juliet? How many power-hungry betrayals as in Macbeth? “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” said he.
The novel Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is a classic “romans à clef” – a story with a “key,” the key being that each character is based on a real person. Orwell’s searing satire on the early days of the Soviet Union is veiled by the curious talking animals and their plight. Haven’t we all observed, at some point, the coming of technologies and public policies predicted by Orwell in his “fictional” 1984?
Many thousands of Americans proved beyond doubt the ever-shifting line between reality and fiction on October 30, 1938. When the great Orson Welles brought to life the apocalyptic The War of the Worlds, by the visionary H.G. Wells, listeners of the radio broadcast believed that space creatures were actually attacking Earth! “Many Flee Homes to Escape ‘Gas Raid’ From Mars’ – Phone Calls Swamp Police at Broadcast of Wells Fantasy,” said the New York Times in its subheadline.
Of course, nowadays there are more media outlets than ever, and the true stories sound ever more fictional.
“How to Deal With Society’s Latest Supervillain, Martin Shkreli,” was a December 2015 newspaper headline in The Odyssey. “Supervillain!”
Shkreli is a 32-year-old former hedge fund manager and (now) former pharma CEO arrested late last year on securities fraud charges. He gained national attention when his company at the time raised the price of a lifesaving drug 5,000%. He’s currently in a very public feud with a hip-hop artist called Ghostface Killah.
If ever there was any doubt, now we know that anything, absolutely anything, can happen in Big Pharma. This volatile, strange, trillion-dollar world is the world of DEADLY PRESCRIPTION.
I, and my editor from WriterServices.net, are finishing up on this eye-opening fictional story that parallels the real world to the point of being rather frightening. I’ll soon be sharing, from this blog, an advanced notice as to this book’s release date.