Fiction does mislead us, because it makes us believe that emotions are important to the world, and they are not. Emotions, feeling human, are only important to individuals. Those same individuals, who feel all this emotion, will still fire you for being late, and can still act mechanically, and they do. The current world is a big machine, run by corporations, and the managers are often the same types of "liberal" educated types who celebrate the joys of fiction, at the same time making your life miserable economically. I read Don Quixote, and felt it was one of the greatest experiences of my life, but since then, the world has seemed even colder and more stupid, since I don't see the humanity in that work exemplified by modern society. Modern society is quantified, and science, statistics and pressures of modern living redefine the meaning of our lives, unfortunately. You can read all you want to, but eventually you'll be alone, and you have to be a very strong person to live in modern society, penniless, in love with fiction.
No fiction is an escape from the real world The real world is not an easy place to live. There are a lot of dangers and tough life lessons ahead. Fiction allows people to escape from the realities of life and imagine a different life. It is not there to mislead about the real world but to prevent a place to escape from the real world.
There is no question in my mind that fiction misleads people about real life. I truly believe that is a huge problem with marriage today. Children grow up hearing stories about Princes and Princesses falling in love and living happily ever after. How are you to convince them it does not really work that way for anyone?
The real world is not an easy place to live. There are a lot of dangers and tough life lessons ahead. Fiction allows people to escape from the realities of life and imagine a different life. It is not there to mislead about the real world but to prevent a place to escape from the real world.
Fiction does not mislead people about the real world. There are many things that fiction does do: it inspires, teaches, motivates, and entertains. It teaches about the world in abstract ways, but it is clearly separate from our reality. Any inferences or interpretations a person takes from the world of fiction and assumes belongs in the real world is folly. It is not up to authors to shape interpretations of the world, that is up to individuals. Fiction in itself does not set up false expectations of the world.