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It's been an interesting year so far. I've lost both my Moms. My mother died in January after a long decline. Soon after, my Mother-in-Law went in for bypass surgery. While her heart healed, other issues zapped her strength and she died April 22.

I may have challenge update posts but I don't know when I'll be posting regularly or when I'll get to visit everyone who is working on the challenges I'm hosting.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Just how life-like is fiction?

Sometimes a book draws me in so well that when I finish reading, it takes a bit for me to come back to myself.

I often tell people, "one of the books I read had a situation like that and the characters..."

Or maybe, "my knowledge is only as good as the author's research but..."

Now I'm reading a book that begins in Seattle's waterfront. The main character lives on a boat in "what used to be a shantyown of makeshift craft, most of which were seemingly kept afloat by only their dock lines, were being run off by multilevel, built-to-the-hilt, wall-to-wall floating condos....Seattle's new houseboats were anything but boats; the new generations of occupants were anything but boat people." As he watches a couple of characters interact, the opinion comes across that the people who were there first, the ones who were born to parents born on the boats didn't think much of the moneied people coming in and pushing them out.

One episode of House Hunters (on HGTV) was looking for a houseboat. Some of those places were eye opening and made me question their seaworthiness.

I know that Walt Disney purchased large tracts of land through several different means so no one would jack up the price until he had what he wanted.

So, I wondered...just how life-like is fiction?

Do the older/longest occupiers of Seattle's waterfront resent the flashy "floating condos"?

Also, this part made me think the book was happening at a more recent year and makes me wonder just how long Seattle's waterfront has been a hip place to live!


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1 comment:

Shu said...

That's really interesting. I think a certain amount of fiction is based on real-life. It's like that old adage--write what you know, but for so many years now, people have been kind of going by the seat of their pants that they've dropped that tenet.

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