Friday, 18 April 2014

Writing - Truth stranger than fiction!

A phrase attributed to Lord Byron but which suddenly became relevant yesterday.

This proverbial saying is attributed to, and almost certainly coined by, Lord Byron, in the satirical poem Don Juan, 1823:
' Tis strange - but true; for truth is always strange;

Stranger than fiction; if it could be told,
How much would novels gain by the exchange!
How differently the world would men behold!
How oft would vice and virtue places change!
The new world would be nothing to the old,
If some Columbus of the moral seas
Would show mankind their souls' antipodes.

 It was reported that a power cut in Scotland affected 1/3rd of the country and was due to a transient fault and it struck a cord in my mind. Cessation, which is not a Steele novel, begins with power cuts! A flimsy link but nevertheless a link. If you want more the book is available in paperback from Amazon, Completely Novel etc and in ebook at the same sites plus Smashwords. Click on the title for the Amazon link.

Other Truth/fiction examples

Arthur Conan Doyle and the fictitious Sherlock Holmes

Sinking of the Titanic and The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

Jack Nicholson in 'Chinatown' and his own origins!

Oscar Wilde said that life follows art much more than art following life.

On VG today:

God Bless