Avoiding reality… and why it’s so popular

From Game of Thrones to the trend of vampire novels, post-apocaliptic stories, hard sci-fi, cyberpunk, steampunk and all other genres, we’ve fast become addicted to science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Why such a departure from what “normal” looks like?

Maybe because normal kinda sucks?

Maybe because almost every specie on this planet dreams for the purpose of avoiding reality? Of filtering the stress dealt to its central nervous system during the day?

Maybe we want to escape normal…

Maybe we all secretly(or not so) wish to live in an entirely different world than the one we live in.


Maybe we hate the rules that keep this universe in place and wish to live in one ruled by different laws.

Or maybe we want to be different.

Super heroes.

We wish for greatness…

Eternal life?

Super human speed, strength, endurance?

What else?

A simpler world?

One without all this technology and stuff?


The world after the end of the world resembles the one at the very beginning in a lot of ways.

Art is all about wishes.

Of course, wishing for something does not make it so.

But that never stopped us anyway.


3 thoughts on “Avoiding reality… and why it’s so popular

  1. All very true, but escapism isn’t only about different worlds and different times, it’s also (maybe) about finding something we lack in the day-to-day. I think a lot of the allure of fiction is in the characters.. when they exhibit qualities that we value – honesty, bravery, honour, love, humour, determination, etc. – it’s usually in a form that’s easily recognisable and essentially pure. Even the ‘bad guys’ can be relatable because we gain more insight into their motivation. Not only that, but when something we dislike happens in a fictional world, we have the option to put it away, to ignore it, with little consequence to ourselves. Not so easy in the ‘real world’.

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