It's the start of Nonfiction November, and I thought it might be time to take a look at the word, "nonfiction."
So, what is nonfiction?
The whole idea of what nonfiction is can be confusing. Fiction, we tell kids, means something that is not true. Nonfiction is the opposite of fiction. Nonfiction, then, is something that's not not true? Good grief.
From Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Nonfiction is writing that is about facts or real events.
But wait. What is a fact? And isn't all writing about facts or about real events?
One site for kids explains nonfiction this way: Non-fiction literally means that it's NOT fiction. This means that the content is real and based on truth, rather than made up or created from the imagination.
Based on truth? Hmmm.
From the Random House Unabridged Dictionary: the branch of literature comprising works of narrative prose dealing with or offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality, including biography, history, and the essay (opposed to fiction and distinguished from poetry and drama).
Opinions? Conjectures? Oh dear.
And what about all those people, including the highly esteemed Mark Twain, who say that fiction is more true than nonfiction? Huh?
I think it's time to stop talking before my head explodes.
Help me if you can. What is nonfiction?
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