Story-telling manages to achieve coordination in social behaviour as well as promote cooperation, thereby performing an important adaptive role in human societies.
The fact that you don’t require a certificate to call yourself a writer gives the average non-writer the impression that this isn’t a profession to be taken seriously. But writing, in fact, requires hard work – and rework.
The personal essay – the kind that scrapes away the clean neutrality of verifiable fact in favour of the wringing, dirty cesspool of emotion that is the effect of these facts – is a way of reacquainting you with yourself, and also with the world.
The recently broadcast TV mini-series, ‘Mars’, combines fiction and nonfiction in a way that places them in balance. This kind of combination is likely to feature in more television series and films.
This week’s column deals with our relationships with stories. What do we expect from the fiction we read and who owns a story, the writer or the reader?
‘When you actually have a different genre for climate change fiction, it becomes something separate that is not connected with the seriousness of everyday life. But it is absolutely integrated into our everyday life.’
The South Korean author won the prize for her novel The Vegetarian.