Everyone on this planet is a fanatic of some sort of fiction or another. Whether or not you know it or not you are. If you aren't, you're simply not human.
If you often find yourself entranced in the next addition of your favorite novel series, or you find yourself pacing back and forth for the next episode of Arrow, then you are a fan of fiction. If you continuously have the urge to block out the real world and draw an amazing sketch of characters or worlds you've created in your mind, or to just go the movies every weekend to get away from all the drama at school and/or work, then you're a fan of fiction.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, is constantly escaping from this reality into a brand new reality of cinema, paintings, books, a reality created in one's mind, etc.
Fiction is something feigned, invented, made up, or imagined. Imagination is one of the most powerful forces in existence. It allows us to create anything we want or need to create. It's possible of practically anything. People use their imaginations and creativity to drown out the darkness of the world we live in and to find a safe haven to escape to. And the thing is, everyone has this universe altering power at their disposal. All they have to do is think!!!
I believe God our Father gave us our imaginations to be able to come up with all the wonderful fiction, cope with the sin of the world, and truly bring out every last drop of beauty in the universe we live in.
The imagination has been the roots of nearly every great thing in existence. It gave us science, films, any technology we have, (one of my personal favorites) pizza!, and some many other things!!!!
I took Moviepilot's quiz ( https://moviepilot.com/quizzes/2015/04/24/can-we-guess-which-fandom-you-belong-to-2873804?lt_source=external,manual,manual ) on which genre you belong in and I got Sci-fi/Fantasy. This is actually what genre I personally am often whisked away to, so that was fortunate!
Not only are both Sci-fi and Fantasy the bomb, and have the most amazing stories, worlds and best of great characters, but for me, it's like I'm really transported to another universe. One where everything is magical and wonderful and I don't have to stress myself out about the real world.
If I feel like I'm over-stressed about school, someone is just putting me down, or if I simply need some alone time, I throw myself into all the best Sci-fi/ Fantasies like Star Wars:
The Hobbit/ the Lord of the Rings:
Or best of all, Superheroes:
The reason I like Sci-fi/Fantasy so much is that (most of the time) it's a story of triumph. A story of good triumphing over evil. I perhaps find that intriguing because I had a bit of a rough upbringing in my home. Yes, other people had it way worse than I ever did, but I still needed that ray of hope on my life. And I found that hope in Sci-fi/Fantasy. Specifically in Star Wars: A New Hope. (Get it? A New 'Hope'!!)
The original Star Wars trilogy showed me that no matter what darkness is in your life, no matter if that darkness is within your own life or your own family, that everything can still turn out alright! It also told me that it IS possible to love your enemies and "bring them back to the way of the Light", to let them see the error in their ways and to be able to right their wrongs and redeem themselves, making everything turn out ok.
In the Hobbit and in the Lord of the Rings, I learned that even an ordinary, everyday Hobbit (or in my case, teenager) can make quite a significant difference.
I mean, I'm probably not going to go on an adventure walking, riding ponies, and riding the occasional Eagle or two across an entire country to destroy an evil magic ring. Who knows though, I might! The point is that it's a story of courage. Courage to do the right thing even when it's quite scary and extremely dangerous. To overcome your fears and doubts to push forward and show evil who's boss!!
It also let me know that there IS an end! I know I'm almost always feeling as if there's just no end to it all, but there is! I hope you don't feel this way too, but if you do, just remember that no matter what you're going through, no matter how terrible or disgusting it is, that it will come to an end. It will dissolve into nothingness and you don't need to be an epic elf or a huge living tree thing to get past it. Don't give up!
That's the great thing about fiction: people can make the story turn out however they want and (usually) they have everything turn around for the better. Yes, people made mistakes along the way and some people may have even died, but by the time you close the book, or watch the credits roll, you're satisfied with how it turned out.
Now, jumping to the world of MARVEL, we'll explore some other lessons that I've learned. You might be thinking, "wait. Superheroes isn't in the Sci-fi/ Fantasy genre. It's a genre of its own." But you're wrong. Superheroes isn't a genre. It's all the genres. There is such a diverse collection of characters that it really contains EVERY genre. And the reason I choose MARVEL is for a very good reason I think.
Now, I don't want to turn this into a debate whether MARVEL is better or DC is. You can enjoy one or the other or even both. There's no judgement here or anything.
Anyways, that's why I chose MARVEL over DC and continue to back that decision. I mean, it's ONE of the reasons. They are easier to relate to, with their faults and darknesses. I find myself routing for Hulk while he struggles with the demon inside of him, rather than routing for Superman...who's practically perfect.
What MARVEL taught me was that even in the midst of all your turmoil, and your own personal demons inside of you, you can still be a hero!!! You don't have to let yourself down all the time because you've made mistakes in life. You CAN get back up, and that's what I find not only in MARVEL, but also throughout all fictional stories!
If you want to read more about how Superheroes really changed and helped me, click on the link below.
So, a summary of what Sci-fi/Fantasy means to me is this. Any fiction can be used as a tool to express your emotions and your character in ways unimaginable by anyone else. It can also be used as an escape from reality to catch a break from the craziness of planet Earth and the weirdos who live here. It's not just a fun thing to do. It's so much more than that!!!
But more important than what I learned from fiction, is what I learned from reality. The reality is that we don't absolutely NEED fiction to get us out of whatever we're in. We won't shrivel up in a ball if fiction disappeared altogether. (although, some of you probably feel as if you might) We only need Jesus Christ. That's what I've learned and I'm now ten times happier than I was before!!! If you think that Jesus and Christianity is a whole bunch of hogwash, than ignore this paragraph, maybe you aren't ready to receive Jesus yet...yet! But if you are interested at all, then comment below and maybe we can email each other or private message over facebook!