Ever had someone's non-fiction make them angry at your fiction? Maybe Vice Versa? Or have you ever written 'in-character' so well that you were accidentally taken as serious?
I've seen a bunch of posts relating this idea, more examples would be fun, non-Literotica stuff as well. (Let's leave the Loving Wives out of this.)
Other (easy) Examples for discussion:
The Life of Brian
- fiction? vs. fiction?
- fiction vs. non-fiction
Bill Clinton/George W. Bush - non-fiction vs. fiction (Hillary wears the pants and a chastity belt, That's My Bush
You do not have to read the rest of this, as it is just my Lit example and shameless self plugging.
So I had this silly story idea, complicated, but silly. It's more of a rip-off than anything else, and everyone already does it, so it wasn't my idea either. Reality in fiction, but to the next degree, like Vonnegut w/o the talent. Treat the fiction as reality from the third person and write it that way, in the third person with 'realistic' fictional events vs cookie cutter.
Not only that, I decided to throw in three separate stories together, mix the timelines, and unite it via one superhero without powers archetype of a male character (Something like an evil Dr. Manhattan crossed with an evil Silver Surfer crossed with an evil Bruce Banner along with zero anger issues or cosmic powers and fighting for the cause of good). Then I decided to add a little 'shit goes wrong' dramatic liscense with the events.
Because of these things together, it was going to be done in chapters.
As an opener, I decided to write an essay in my main character's mindset (since he's supposed to be all 'misunderstood genius' and it makes for a killer ending) just for some POV to center him to 'realistic' events. Obviously this would have to be the first chapter of what is intended to be a romance story, but was in no way romantic as a stand alone chapter (or in the least for that matter).
Just for shits and giggles, I put it in the Reviews and Essays section, because it 'technically' is an essay. I wrote it in the essay format, as fictional as it may be.
It was taken to be insanely serious, to the point of SamuelX accusations. This is because I wanted to ground the character to people's perspective, and did not reveal this as my intention, just to see what would happen. (read: Dick Move.)
1200 views, 35 votes, 1.37 score in like 5 days
Awesome. Chapter 2 isn't even up, and I acidentally'd making 17 people look dumb because they typed comments on a character's motivation.
I mean, they got mad. Like, really mad, well past grr over nothing. As a kicker, the title was left out of the beginning of the essay the first two days it was up (it has since been fixed).
Here's the link to the feedback if you want to go: http://www.literotica.com/stories/st....php?id=581868