Why is fiction useful? I love fiction. From the adventures to the way it makes you think, and everything in between. I have loved it for as long as I can remember, and I didn't have any conflictions about it until I was told years ago in middle school that every story has to have a theme. I had always know about theme, but for some reason, that day I struggled with what was once a simple idea to me. I asked myself,"Why can't an author just write a good and gripping story? Why does it need a theme?" I now have a better understanding, but I still struggle greatly with understanding the balance and use of theme as I try to start my first large piece of fiction. Part of me sees theme in its simple definition: the meaning of a story. Another part of me over analyzes it. Ever since that day I was told about theme, it was like a door that I knew was there all was suddenly opened, and now can't be shut. The point of me explaining my problems with theme is to give background to another problem I am having with fiction. Why is it useful? Similarly to theme, I always accepted it for the simple definition, but now that I have thought about it, I can't wrap my mind around what was formerly for me a simple concept. If I tell a fictional story for example, who is to say that the point I am trying to make is valid? Since fiction is a "fake" story, how does it prove any point the author is trying to make? Two authors can use the exact same situation, say a criminal holding a cop at gun point, and manipulate the story to prove their point. One may try to prove humans are kind and compassionate and can have changes of heart, therefor, the criminal turns good in their story and lets the cop live. The other author, however, may be trying to prove that humans are evil and opportunistic by nature and will tell the story of the criminal killing the cop in cold blood. So what does fiction do at all? It doesn't seem to me to prove anything. I believe, actually, that fiction causes many of today's great misconceptions. Movies, novels, or even crime TV shows for example are all pieces of fiction the the general population enjoys. The ideas presented in them are also very influential on the population, but they may be inaccurate, therefor creating harmful misconception, which is dealt by people by creating more fiction to refute that, which creates a very confusing environment. (Not always, but frequently occurs). Again, however, I wish to say I love fiction. I in no way think that it should be removed from society. I am just looking for some fresh opinions and explanations on the subject to help clear my head and help me view the concept in a less confusing manner. I welcome all opinions and thank you very much for reading this relatively long post. It was actually quite hard for me to put these thoughts into words (great author I am right?). Regardless, thanks again, and I look forward to hearing your responses!