People have shown an inclination towards creative story-telling a long time ago. Fiction will always belong to the category of early forms of art. Along with ancient craftsmanship, carvings, and architecture, fiction has held its rightful place at the dawn of civilization.
It was probably born at the same time as early forms of communication. This is because we had to establish a connection between our imagination and our train of thought in order to be able to communicate. In other words, what we saw in our mind’s eye we had to learn to present in words. It is thus no surprise that our imagination developed simultaneously with our communication skills. Primitive conveying of thoughts is the birthplace of modern fiction.
Communication and Fiction
Some of the first forms of literature were precisely in spoken form because we have had the need to create long before we knew what that creation meant. Many centuries later people started writing what they were saying and the written tradition emerged.
Today, both forms are called fiction. It is described as any form of an invented narrative. Etymologically, fiction means ‘to shape’ or ‘to mold’. Any form of fantasy or fabrication which is done in a creative manner is regarded as a work of fiction.
Fiction VS History
People wish to learn and get inspired by history. However, fiction has done a better job at authentically describing historical events than history itself.
For example, you can read numerous historical books about the Victorian age. However, there is nothing more reliable to paint a picture of that period than the works of Charles Dickens. As soon as you read a few pages of his fiction you are immersed in the world of a corrupt society and subverted moral norms.
Taking this into consideration, we have to admit that fiction is of great importance to humanity. It serves a purpose of communicating ideas in a new and creative way. Fiction goes a long way from stating facts. Its role is to turn facts into images which leave a bigger impression on people than actual events in reality.