Now, I’m going to talk about a very interesting question (to me at least). ‘Which one is easier, being sad over a fictional tragedy or being sad over a real tragedy?’ Let’s begin our discussion.
Fictional tragedy. A tragedy which is crafted by a writer solely to induce a sad, sorrow and grief feelings for the audience. These sad stories are well, fake because it’s a fiction. To me, fictional tragedy is really easy to grieve over because it allows us to imagine ourselves in the character’s position. What does it feel to become a mother who has lost her child in a war? How does it feel like for someone who has stranded on an island for months? How does it feel like for a person to kill his own father by force? Fiction allows us audience to resonate and connect directly to the characters and stories making us feel that we are the characters themselves. It allows us to imagine ourselves in their shoes making it easier for us to understand their pain and suffer. Fiction brings us closer to the characters so it’s much easier for us to feel sad for them.
Real tragedy is different in some ways. I divide it into two categories which are fiction-like and news or statistics. I’ll talk about the latter first. I ask you, when you watch tragedies in the news, do you feel anything? For example 13 people including women and children were killed in the robbery yesterday or one million people were killed by a natural disaster. You don’t feel anything right? That’s because all those statistics only show us numbers which are meaningless to us so they don’t give us any feelings. However, if those real tragedies were to turn into fiction-like, things might be different.
What I meant by fiction-like real tragedy is stories that is written based on a true story. As you might already know, there are many stories which are based on a true story out there. Most of the stories are either tragic stories or inspirational stories. By turning a real tragedy into a fiction-like story, the supposed boring news report tragedy quickly becomes a story that can easily connect with the audience because it has all the advantages that a fiction posses. Not only that, people will sympathize with it more just because it is a true story.
So what’s my take on this? It’s hard to decide. However, if I have to pick a side, I’d say being sad over a real tragedy is easier. Why? Because it’s a true story. This only apply if the real tragedy has turned into a fiction-like story though. If it is still in the news, I’d say the otherwise. I believe real tragedy last longer impression because we know it is true and it is confirmed that someone has gone through all of it. That’s why I think that being sad over a real tragedy is much easier. Fictional tragedies are inspired by real tragedies in the first place.
I have outlined how fiction tragedy and real tragedy affect us and I have also stated my opinion on this matter. Now it’s time for you to decide the answer to my question. Which one is easier, being sad over a fictional tragedy or being sad over a real tragedy?