based on a true story

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen someone reading a novel loosely based on real events, and had them lean toward me and say, “This is my kind of book. I don’t get into made-up stories. This, on the other hand, this is a real story. It actually happened!”

I understand what they mean, but really? The inside flap of every novel says, “This book is a work of fiction.”

Here’s a few definitions of the word “fiction”:

  • Literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
  • Invention or fabrication as opposed to fact.
  • Something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story

If you take a poll asking people if they think a fictional story is better because it’s based on true events, you’ll most likely get an overwhelming response in favor of, “Yes.”

But what is it about the phrase, based on a Continue Reading