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Difference Between Fiction and Non fiction

fictionFiction vs Non fiction
Fiction is not true and non-fiction is true. This is the simplest way of defining fiction and non-fiction. Non-fiction involves real things, real people, real events, real places and real writing. However, fiction is just imaginary things, imaginary people, imaginary events, imaginary places and imaginary writing.

While a writer based on his imagination creates Fiction, non-fiction is not created but only written based on facts.

While Non-fiction focuses on ideas or events that actually took place, fiction tends to be focussing on imaginary ideas and events. Coming to the characters, non-fiction deals with real people and fiction only creates characters. If some thing is said to have happened in real places, whether in the past or present, then it is non-fiction. But if something is said to have taken place in a fake place, then it is fiction.

A big difference is that fictions are made up stories and Non-fictions are entirely fact-based writings. Fictions are just entertainers and on the other hand non-fictions are informative. Autobiography, history books and journals are examples of non-fictions. Novels, short stories, films are all fictions.

Fiction is made out of nothing and on the other hand non-fiction comes out of something.

A fiction writer intends to make the audience believe that the whole things, which they read, or view, are occurring. But a non-fiction writer cannot indulge in such a thing. Fiction writers create stories without any commitment to their readers. They only elaborate on their ideas and views. A non-fiction writer cannot pour out his own imaginations.

Non-fiction can be called as a prosaic piece of literature, which talks about various topics, which are relevant for every one. Fiction on the other hand elucidates on our imagination. When Fiction is more symbolic, non-fiction is straightforward, fiction is artificial as it is created from one’s own imagination. Non-fiction is natural as it deals with events that had actually taken place. Fiction is an invented story where as non-fiction deals with existing facts.

Fiction is a reflection of the writer’s imagination. Meanwhile, non-fiction is a recollection of facts. Fiction tends to be more elaborate and descriptive; non-fiction tends to say only that is necessary to establish a fact or idea. A fiction writer can run his imagination free where as non-fiction writer cannot.

Simplicity, directness and clarity are most important in non-fiction works. While a fiction leaves the imagination to audience or readers and they can have their own interpretations.

Summary
1. Fiction is not true and non-fiction is true
2. While Non-fiction focuses on ideas or events that actually took place, fiction tends to be focussing on imaginary ideas and events.
3. Fictions are made up stories and Non-fictions are entirely fact-based writings.
4. Fictions are just entertainers and on the other hand non-fictions are informative


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  11. Helpful, but arrogant. Fiction can be as informative as fact. Thr creation of a masterpiece such is fiction such as The Oddesy, Alice in Wonderland, and Game of Thones are allegories to real events that allure the readers imagination, teach life lessons, and open the mind to philosophical thought should not be tossed away by an arrogant swine. To create something out of nothing is far more challenging than simply recounting facts to this bias or the next, which ever serves the writer or speaker’s own best interest. The FOX news channel, though based on fact is a self-serving recruitment to the side of degrading moral thought and ignorance in service to only the one percenters or those close to that financial holding. They have people fooled into thinking they are the moral right. If morality includes warring to put money into privileged defense pockets, no matter it cripples the economy; if the economy is crippled the monopoly game just got cheaper. I would much rather settle down with a non-fiction war book, which not crippled by fact can teach much more, than a headline of war.

  12. This article is true but also shows bias. Of course it is much work to get the facts right and research and become an expert in a topic in order to write about it. Non-fiction often involves much preparation before writing.
    But i want to ask you, dear author of this article: is it more difficult to state a known truth or to invent a lie that is as convincing as that truth? Which of these 2 things need more creativity? Need more insight into the topic, into the human mind and the way we think and perceive? Given the restriction about your writing is loose, so that you have the choice of perspective, the choice of the scale, you can be very creative in non-fiction too, so that you can mask and circumnavigate the areas where your knowledge isnt straight and focus on stuff you really researched and know. Good Fiction is the art of writing a lie which is believable and compelling at the same time. The work is more in the actual act of writing.

    In Non-Fiction you need to check if your statements matches the facts. In Fiction you need to check if your statements lies within the space of possibilities that is created by your other statements and the readers expectation and imagination.

    Non-Fiction is like drawing a picture of something that is in front of you. Fiction is like drawing a picture of something that you have in your mind. Surely, you have the freedom to draw anything. But at the start its just you and the huge, white canvas to fill, and at the end the picture has to be as beautiful as the picture with the model.

    • Also it is wrong that fiction involving only fictional events and characters. Some, or the most, or even all of the characters and events can be non-fictional and fact based and still you can write fictional storys with them. Think of historical tv shows: in them you have all those characters and events which are documented to have existed some time ago, but the story is also somewhat embroidered with fictional elements.

      Fiction can involve much research and investigation too. One example i just have in mind is the Vikings series where the film crew went into great length to depicture our knowledge about the culture and particularly the ship building techniques based on recent archeologic findings. Fiction is not bound to fictional stuff whereas it is the opposite for non-fiction.

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