Wednesday, October 29, 2008

If it seems like it's too good to be true...

OK, fine, so I'm a sucker. And a romantic. But is that news to anyone, really?!

Well, it was fun while it lasted. Moving on...

7 comments:

NoSurfGirl said...

Yes. That's the problem with blogfict. People don't get that it's a blog and it's supposed to be like reading a novel in blog form..I tried it for a while, too and when I started getting emails that sounded like they were from people who thought it was real, I stopped.

Sad. Because I think it would be a fun forum: a fictional character writing a blog. You could be whomever you wanted as a commenter! Best friend, character in the story... it could be really fun. But I think people need to get more comfortable with the internet as a way to publish stories, first. And personally... I really want some real, paper, bound books sitting on a real bookshelf somewhere.

Nicole said...

Hey cutie. Could you BE any funnier. AHH. I love ya. Okay, I'm starting to figure out why this bloging thing is so stinkin' fun. Love ya babe.

ms. lee of the lemon drops said...

i totally got sucked in. i only found it like yesterday though...so it wasn't so bad. i don't care that it was fiction--it was so delightful.

Jeremy said...

The issue is not just blog fiction, it's any media. Orson Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast, the Blair Witch Project, and the DaVinci Code were all good examples of the general populace not critically evaluating the information they receive.

Just Tuesday I heard one student telling another student all the crazy stuff "Mormons" believe. I started contradicting her, with examples, and she told me I was wrong. "That's funny," I said, "because I'm Mormon."

"Oh, well, that's the problem. I've been saying 'Mormons,' but I was actually talking about the Latter-day Saints." Clearly she had some bigger misunderstandings than I had realized.

After I told here those terms are typically used synonymously, but that "Mormon" can be more inclusive (including FLDS, Strangites, etc.) she said, "That's SO interesting. I'm reading this book that's all about Mormons, and I want to talk with you about it."

The book is the new "The 19th Wife," which is historical fiction. But this 20-something catholic school teacher was accepting it as fact.

Jeremy said...

Follow-up:

To paraphrase Prince Humperdinck: "I always think everything could be a lie, which is why I'm [almost] never fooled."

Janell said...

Yeah, I read Sue's fic blog for a few posts, but I never got caught up in it. It seemed either manufactured or a teen who spent too much time in angst. But that's just me.

NoSurfGirl said...

You're right, Jeremy. That's an interesting take on it. Another examples that bug me (people taking things as fact simply because they are in print): email forwards.