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Mainstream Fiction Quotes


"I'm mainstream. Always have been." - Bill Walton

"[Science fiction is] out in the mainstream now. You can tell by the way mainstream literary authors pillage SF while denying they're writing it!" - Terry Pratchett

"Through my fiction, I make mainstream readers see the new Americans as complex human beings, not as just The Other." - Bharati Mukherjee

"Through my fiction, I make mainstream readers see the new Americans as complex human beings, not as just 'The Other.'" - Bharati Mukherjee

"All autobiography is fiction." - Sandra Tsing Loh

"I hardly ever read mainstream fiction that deals with life as it is. I like an element of fantasy, something that isn`t quite of the real world." - Stephen King

"I feel like science fiction is so much more mainstream now than it has been. And I feel like thats because technology has caught up with us." - Alaina Huffman

"Most mainstream male fiction is littered with heroines, and female characters are basically so great, you want to fall in love with them." - Iain Banks

"I don't really consider my work, on the whole, 'fringe' in my own mind; science fiction and fantasy have been pretty solidly in the mainstream for a while." - Jacqueline Carey

"Even if you only want to write science fiction, you should also read mysteries, poetry, mainstream literature, history, biography, philosophy, and science." - Walter Jon Williams

"I feel like science fiction is so much more mainstream now than it has been. And I feel like that's because technology has caught up with us." - Alaina Huffman

"I have heard Science Fiction and Fantasy referred to as the fiction of ideas, and I like that definition, but it's the mainstream public that chooses my books for the most part." - Jean M Auel

"My fiction is reviewed by the mainstream press, by science fiction periodicals, romance magazines, small press publications and various other journals, including some usually devoted to archaeological and other science material." - Jean M Auel

"Science fiction is the ugly stepchild of mainstream literature, and fantasy is the ugly stepchild of science fiction, and tie-in novels are the ugly stepchild of fantasy... and on and on and on." - R A Salvatore

"Science fiction [is] the kind of writing that prepares us for the necessary mutations brought about in society from an ever changing technological world and as a result. The mainstream hasn't excluded SF; the mainstream has excluded itself. No one told Jules Verne he was a science fiction writer, but he invented the 20th century." - Walter Mosley

"Science fiction [is] the kind of writing that prepares us for the necessary mutations brought about in society from an ever changing technological world and as a result. The mainstream hasn't excluded SF; the mainstream has excluded itself. No one told Jules Verne he was a science fiction writer, but he invented the 20th century." - Walter Mosley

"Science fiction [is] the kind of writing that prepares us for the necessary mutations brought about in society from an ever changing technological world and as a result. The mainstream has' excluded SF; the mainstream has excluded itself. No one told Jules Verne he was a science fiction writer, but he invented the 20th century." - Walter Mosley

"Truth maybe stranger than fiction, but fiction is truer." - Frederic Raphael

"My fan fiction is canon." - Dwayne McDuffie

"Victory is a political fiction." - Anonymous

"Humanity lives in its fiction." - Blaise Cendrars

"Fact is stranger than fiction." - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

"I had seen the gay social chronicle done abundantly and done very well. And I didn't want to do any more of that myself, I wanted us to be included in the popular mainstream of entertainment fiction." - Christopher Rice

"I didn't have a manifesto. I had some discontent. It seemed to me that midcentury mainstream American science fiction had often been triumphalist and militaristic, a sort of folk propaganda for American exceptionalism." - William Gibson

"For those who resist the notion that the mainstream is a genre, we recommend that they browse the shelves of their local bookstore. For if the mainstream is not a genre, then it must necessarily embrace all kinds of writing: romance, adventure, horror, thriller, crime, and, yes, science fiction." - James Patrick Kelly

"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society." - Rush Limbaugh

"Fiction is about stuff that's screwed up." - Nancy Kress

"There is nothing in religion but fiction." - George Bernard Shaw

"And truth severe, by fairy fiction drest." - Thomas Gray

"Science Fiction is the jazz of literature." - David Brin

"Every fiction has its base in fact." - Gayle Forman

"Fiction is an improvement on life" - Charles Bukowski

"Wondrous strong are the spells of fiction." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction" - Carol Alt

"Truth is always duller than fiction." - Piers Paul Read

"What we remember is probably fiction anyway." - Beryl Bainbridge

"Fiction or fable allures to instruction." - Benjamin Franklin

"History is an agreed-upon fiction." - Diane Ackerman

"Truth is not always injured by fiction." - Charlotte Lennox

"The thing is, all memory is fiction," - Robert Goolrick

"Good fiction creates its own reality." - Nora Roberts

"Most books aren't pure nonfiction or fiction." - James Frey

"My mom introduced me to science-fiction." - Logan Marshallgreen

"I think truth is weirder than fiction." - James Marsters

"Real life is crazier than fiction." - Lauren Bowles

"I know how to write fiction well." - Akhil Sharma

"I like going back and writing fiction." - Julia Sweeney

"Most fiction comes from your experience." - Susan Minot

"A snappy label and a manifesto would have been two of the very last things on my own career want list. That label enabled mainstream science fiction to safely assimilate our dissident influence, such as it was. Cyberpunk could then be embraced and given prizes and patted on the head, and genre science fiction could continue unchanged." - William Gibson

"The problem with fiction, it has to be plausible. That's not true with non-fiction." - Tom Wolfe

"Those who say truth is stranger than fiction have wasted their time on poorly written fiction." - Mark Twain

"A play is fiction and fiction is fact distilled into truth." - Edward Albee

"Starring in a science fiction film doesn't mean you have to act science fiction." - Harrison Ford

"Science fiction is what I point at when I say science fiction." - Damon Knight

"Science fiction does not remain fiction for long. And certainly not on the Internet." - Vinton Cerf

"Reality and Fiction are different in that fiction has to make sense." - Ray Bradbury

"It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense." - Mark Twain

"Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense." - Mark Twain

"Don't make a big distinction between fiction and non-fiction. These are arbitrary distinctions..." - Farley Mowat

"Films are always a fiction, not documentary. Even a documentary is a kind of fiction." - Philip Seymour Hoffman

"The best tests of my Christian growth occur in the mainstream of life, not in the quietness of my study" - Charles R Swindoll

"What they [critics of Lessing's switch to science fiction] didn't realize was that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time." - Doris Lessing

"Yes - 90% of fantasy is crap. And so is 90% of science fiction and 90% of mystery fiction and 90% of literary fiction." - George R R Martin

"I love contemporary North American fiction and short fiction. My favorite writer is Jonathan Franzen, and my favorite writers of short fiction are George Saunders and Alice Munro." - Emily Perkins

"The mainstream has lost its way. Crime fiction is an objective, realistic genre because it's about the real world, real bodies really being killed by somebody. And this involves the investigator in trying to understand the society that the person lived in." - Michael Dibdin

"Journeys become very good metaphors. They always have the character put into circumstances that reveal him. If I had based my characters in New York and had them just sitting and thinking about life, it would be like what contemporary U.S. fiction is about. That is very heavy, literally, for me. It doesn't become mainstream enough because the pages don't turn themselves." - Karan Bajaj

"A good writer should be able to write comedic work that made you laugh, and scary stuff that made you scared, and fantasy or science fiction that imbued you with a sense of wonder, and mainstream journalism that gave you clear and concise information in a way that you wanted it." - Neil Gaiman

"Fantasy is an area where it is possible to talk about right and wrong, good and evil, with a straight face. In mainstream fiction and even in a good deal of mystery, these things are presented as simply two sides of the same coin. Never really more than a matter of where you happen to be standing." - Robert Jordan

"Truth is more of a stranger than fiction." - Mark Twain

"Freedom of the will is a psychological fiction." - Louis Berkhof

"Reality, if rightly interpreted, is grander than fiction." - Thomas Carlyle

"Honest fiction may be made to supplement the pulpit." - Robert Aris Willmott

"Nobodys life is as romantic as it is in fiction." - Ruth Glick

"Farscape is not what you call hard science fiction." - Ben Browder

"I don't have too much time for fiction." - Ronald Reagan

"Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all." - Neil Gaiman

"Science fiction is for real, space opera is for fun." - Brian Aldiss

"Writing fiction is like remembering what never happened." - Siri Hustvedt

"Dedicated to helping you create strong, vibrant, and beautiful fiction" - David Farland

"Science fiction is the sovereign prophylactic against future shock." - Alvin Toffler

"Science fiction tends to be philosophy for stupid people." - Chuck Klosterman

"there are elements of truth in all great fiction" - Teresa Medeiros

"Science Fiction: Any scientific acclaim that omits God" - Johnny Hart

"When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction." - Stephen King

"Science fiction is not predictive; it is descriptive." - Ursula K Le Guin

"Reduce the fiction and you'll reduce the friction." - Scott Sorrell

"While fiction is often impossible, it should not be implausible." - Aristotle

"This novel is fiction, except for the parts that aren't." - Michael Crichton

"It's not a lie. It's a gift for fiction." - David Mamet

"The truth is stranger than fiction . . . and often more incriminating." - Greg Cox

"Fiction-and poetry and drama- cleanse the doors of perception." - Ursula K Le Guin

"I was always attracted to science fiction movies" - Tina Turner

"I think fiction is about small ambition, small failed ambition." - Ethan Canin

"Dialogue in fiction is what characters do to one another." - Elizabeth Bowen

"The secret of successful fiction is a continual slight novelty." - Edmund Gosse

"Man is a poetical animal, and delights in fiction." - William Hazlitt

"Graphic design is the fiction that anticipates the fact." - Michael Bierut

"gossip ... is only fiction produced by non-professionals." - Dorothy Canfield Fisher

"It is more important to detect corruption than fiction." - Charlotte Lennox

"Fiction writers can't be trusted. They make things up." - Dan Poynter

"I've called science fiction 'reality ahead of schedule'" - Syd Mead

"Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's any less true." - Jodi Picoult

"Every word is autobiographical, and every word is fiction." - William S Burroughs

"The truer the facts the better the fiction." - Virginia Woolf

"Life has no plot, why must films or fiction?" - Jim Jarmusch

"The aim of fiction is absolute and honest truth." - Anton Chekhov

"...writing no job for intellectual cowards." - Stephen King

"Whiteness is not the default in my fiction." - Roxane Gay

"I do not love fiction, I love history." - Duane Hanson

"In fiction, beauty was run-of-the-mill." - Eileen Favorite

"Fiction is the lie that helps us understand the truth." - Tim O'Brien

"Poetry, far more than fiction, reveals the soul of humanity." - Amy Lowell

"Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth." - Albert Camus

"I think fiction recues history from its confusions." - Don Delillo

"I didn't lie! I just created fiction with my mouth!" - Homer

"Science fiction is not prescriptive; it is descriptive." - Ursula K Le Guin

"The best fiction is far more true than any journalism." - William Faulkner

"The truth is always less interesting than the fiction." - Jeanpierre Dardenne

"'Star Wars' is more fairy tale than true science fiction." - Mark Hamill

"Fiction is life with the dull bits left out." - Clive James

"I didn't write any fiction until I was past thirty." - Grace Paley

"Reality is in the business of killing off fiction." - Will Christopher Baer

"I tend to resist invitations to interpret my own fiction." - J M Coetzee

"Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction." - Donna Tartt

"Fiction is burdened for me with a sense of duty." - John Updike

"Nobody's life is as romantic as it is in fiction." - Ruth Glick

"Most of the history is a divine work of fiction." - Kedar Joshi

"I read everything: fiction, history, science, mathematics, biography, travel." - Martin Lewis Perl

"I am a science fiction enthusiast, really, deep down." - Ridley Scott

"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"People who love science fiction really do love sex." - Susie Bright

"Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us." - Paul Theroux

"Fiction is an expressionist painting rather than a photograph." - Josip Novakovich

"The facts of life are the impossibilities of fiction." - Jerome K Jerome

"I read the same amount of nonfiction and fiction." - Anne Lamott

"The gospel is fiction when judged by the empire, but the empire is fiction when judged by the gospel." - Walter Brueggemann

"Fact is often stranger than fiction because most writers of fiction try to make their stories plausible." - Richard Posner

"Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists." - Stephen King

"Perhaps this is the purpose of all art, all writing, on the murders, fiction and non-fiction: Simply to participate." - Alan Moore

"To think that realistic fiction is by definition superior to imaginative fiction is to think imitation is superior to invention." - Ursula K Le Guin

"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't." - Mark Twain

"Truth, of course, must of necessity be stranger than fiction, for we have made fiction to suit ourselves." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"If there were a better, clearer, shorter way of saying what the fiction says, then why not scrap the fiction?" - J M Coetzee

"I learned to write fiction the way I learned to read fiction - by skipping the parts that bored me." - Jonathan Lethem

"It's a heartening fact about the human race that utopian fiction precedes dystopian fiction in the evolution of literature." - Paul Di Filippo

"Be out of the mainstream. I'm out of the mainstream. I enjoy it, who wants to be in the mainstream?" - Bill Maher

"I very much want to inject gay culture into the mainstream. It's not an underground tool for me. It's my whole life." - Lady Gaga

"I'm not mainstream at all. I can make mainstream music and I make music for mainstream artists, but me, myself, I'm not mainstream." - Pharrell Williams

"The mainstream is always under attack." - Bill Gates

"I would say that I'm pretty mainstream." - Ron Paul



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