Fiction and Non-Fiction

I just thought about to what extend Fiction contains Non-Fiction, and Non-Fiction contains Fiction. If we take a non-fictional novel (which is based on true events), how sure can we be that everything told in that novel is non-fiction. Could the author really know every thought that the protagonist, or rather the real person had? Did the real person reveal his true feelings in a proper way? Or was there a little bit of exaggeration?

The same question can be asked the other way around. How much Non-fiction is there in Fiction? When an author writes, he/she often brings in some of his/her own feelings and experiences. In this way, every fictional novel has some autobiographical/biographical touch, hidden in made-up characters and worlds.

What do you think about this? Is this nonsense in your opinion? Or is there some possibility in that? I just had to think about it, and felt the urge to post it here. I know, the strangest thoughts come during the late hours of the night :’D

Thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “Fiction and Non-Fiction

  1. I think you bring up a valid point. It’s probably close to impossible to write a fully non fiction book, because at some point you have to speculate. Even if someone gives an account of true events, how can we know that they recall everything perfectly. Maybe some of their feelings have changed since the initial experience.

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