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Is imagination enough?

 
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Lexilogio
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:11 pm    Post subject: Is imagination enough?  Reply with quote

I'm reading a book set in a country which the author has never seen, and which has a culture which the author of which the author has no direct experience.

The author has used his imagination. Fiction is fiction - it is imaginary.

In India - the nature of non native people writing books about or set in the country, has erupted into a major debate and controversy - as witnessed by the furore over the Jaipur festival last year.

But how far should we celebrate imagination? Should we be careful about the dangers in characterising a real society from our own perceptions, when we have never experienced it for ourselves?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Is imagination enough? Reply with quote

Lexilogio wrote:
I'm reading a book set in a country which the author has never seen, and which has a culture which the author of which the author has no direct experience.

The author has used his imagination. Fiction is fiction - it is imaginary.

In India - the nature of non native people writing books about or set in the country, has erupted into a major debate and controversy - as witnessed by the furore over the Jaipur festival last year.

But how far should we celebrate imagination? Should we be careful about the dangers in characterising a real society from our own perceptions, when we have never experienced it for ourselves?


But surely whatever subject an author tackles is from their own perspecitve and peppered with their own perceptions - I can't really see a problem here - it is called fiction for a reason.

I think the dangers of presenting false science as true science is much more damaging and significant.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Percy: You know, they do say that the Infanta's eyes are more beautiful than the famous Stone of Galveston.
Edmund: Mm! ... What?
Percy: The famous Stone of Galveston, My Lord.
Edmund: And what's that, exactly?
Percy: Well, it's a famous blue stone, and it comes ... from Galveston.
Edmund: I see. And what about it?
Percy: Well, My Lord, the Infanta's eyes are bluer than it, for a start.
Edmund: I see. And have you ever seen this stone?
Percy: (nods) No, not as such, My Lord, but I know a couple of people who have, and they say it's very very blue indeed.
Edmund: And have these people seen the Infanta's eyes?
Percy: No, I shouldn't think so, My Lord.
Edmund: And neither have you, presumably.
Percy: No, My Lord.
Edmund: So, what you're telling me, Percy, is that something you have never seen is slightly less blue than something else you have never seen.
Percy: (finally begins to grasp) Yes, My Lord.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Percy: Only this morning in the courtyard I saw a horse with two heads and two bodies.

Prince Edmund: Two horses standing next to each other?

Percy: Yes. It could be.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh we love Blackadder in this house. I think my kids have played the DVDs to death nearly. Queen Elizabeth going to the blokes drinking party is a particular favourite with them! Especially the last 30 seconds.


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