Tell that to the sorrowing family of a Trekkie sometime, or worse yet to the miserable family of a "Star Wars" afficionado. Or the families of the youths who affected that habits of Goethe's "Werther" character, some allegedly to the point of suicide. Thankfully, when I read Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers, I was not even tempted to put on yellow pants or a blue coat. I'm pretty sure I didn't shoot myself in the head over it, either.
Or most sadly, to the friends and relations of someone who takes "The DaVinci Code" so seriously that they go to Paris to do their own amateur archeology to decipher that code--even desecrating a cemetery doing so.
When someone tells you that fiction doesn't matter because "it's just make-believe," ask them why they bother with it. Ask them why those "make-believe" movies have strategic product placement (e.g. E.T. and Reese's Pieces) and those "make-believe" sitcoms have commercials.
Fiction matters. It speaks to our souls for good or ill. Just ask the grieving family of a 40 year old Trekkie, still living at home with 13 sets of Vulcan ears on his dresser, his closet filled with polyester and his phaser set on "stun."
Please forgive me... - I have apologized for this post below and I ask readers to note the apology and, please, to forgive me. Tags: Repentance
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