I just finished watching Chocolate, a must see Thai martial art movie. Of course, if you don’t like either movies or martial arts then you probably also won’t agree with the “must see.” It’s definitely a movie made in Thailand though. The fight scenes are brutally choreographed and the wide camera angles emphasize how much was done without wires. The outtakes at the end show that a significant amount of blood was spilled, concussions incurred, and bones broken in the pursuit of realism. But it was all pretend. The love triangle was fiction. The OCD enhanced martial arts were fiction. Thailand was not fiction although it’s possible that Japan was actually Thailand.
After watching the movie I read a blog post entitled War of All Against All: Realism vs Fabulism? Er, No… When writers get in the ring to debate literature and classifications and marxism and reality and … stuff, I find it almost as much fun as watching a good martial arts movie. And I like a good martial arts movie. I have very little to add to this discussion, but someone used the word paradigm and I had a horrible flash back. I am NOT a fan of Thomas Kuhn.
That said, we all redefine reality on a daily basis. At least I do. My only knowledge of the world is derived from my observations of it. Many of my observations of reality come from enjoying the fiction produced by very real people in response to their very real experiences with what most of them hope is the very real world that they are observing. Ask me a yes or no question. I dare you.