Suspension of Disbelief… 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 “Suspension of Disbelief… And Why It’s So Popular

  1. Good questions, it would be interesting to see some responses why the fascination with them. Me personally I’m so over the whole zombie thing. (Can I hear overkill?) I myself like a good thriller or stories set in historical themes. To each his own. 🙂

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  2. I know I enjoy sci-fi and fantasy because they provide an escape from reality. Even reading and watching dark fantasy like Game of Thrones is satisfying, since none of the tragedy is happening to me. I can’t stand fantasy that’s over-the-top dark, though, like R. Scott Bakker’s Prince of Nothing series.

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  3. As a child, my life was not always the best. In those moments reading was a great diversion from the present. Reading became a habit and I was able to self educate on many fronts. Reading still sets my soul free.

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