On Truth Being Stranger than Fiction in Human Behavior

People’s behavior, in real life, is often bizarre and inexplicable, but, because they’re standing in front of us, we don’t have cause to doubt that they’re real people. Thus, we buy whatever they’re doing as real, even if it’s incomprehensible.

 

In fiction or drama, because the characters aren’t inherently real people, the rules are different: very often, characters’ behavior can come off as impossible, as not belonging to real people at all, and thus not viable within the story … so the challenge of making people seem real is distinct to art, as opposed to life, even if their behavior is exactly the same.

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