Mission Statement – What is Fiction Rules?
Yes I know. ‘Mission Statement’. Its overly grandiose, too corporate and frankly a little bit pretentious. As hard as I’ve thought about this though, I cant think of a better way to express myself. For me anything less formal means I’m not taking this seriously and anything more formal is making the whole thing too formulaic.
Anyway, enough procrastination for now. Let me cut to the chase and tell you a little about me and what I’m looking to achieve. This should hopefully make it a bit clearer what I’m trying to provide with the Fiction Rules site.
First things first, I’m a big believer in the power of fiction. Let me be clear: by fiction I’m talking about Film, TV, Books, Games primarily. Basically anything that happens outside the real world! Many people see fiction as pure escapism, and indeed for some people, it is precisely this. For me it is this and more. For me fiction isn’t just a means to escape reality but a way by which we can explore worlds and ideas from different perspectives, and through which we can draw parallels with our own realities. In doing so I honestly believe that we can improve our own understanding of the world around us and how we relate to it. Of course, like fiction itself, the concept can mean different things to different people. Allow me to stop waffling though and summarise: this blog is about all kinds of fiction so if you’re a fan of any of the above then you are definitely in the right place.
One more important thing that I’m aware of these days is that there a million different blogs out there on all kinds of subjects, which is why above all I want Fiction Rules to be different. To do this I want to try at all times to take account of something that almost all writers acknowledge but not all attempt to tackle: this is the fact that like all forms of art fiction is subjective. What I may find pure genius you might think is unmitigated garbage, and vice versa. Of course I hope thats not always the case, otherwise my readership wont exactly thrive, but nonetheless there it is. So to tackle this, what I want to do with every review, every preview, every talking point, is to provide a yardstick. A simple section that says ‘if you’re a fan of these films/shows, then you might well enjoy this one. Just something simple that maybe gives you a small (spoiler free) flavour of what to expect from something beyond my own opinion. This entire blog and my single greatest USP, is subjectivity – I want Fiction Rules to be as helpful as possible to as many different people as possible, full stop.
Having said all this, I always try to explain my opinions, I always try to be balanced and I’m totally conscious that like everyone my thoughts and feelings are constantly being shaped by my own experiences and background – so when I review something you can be sure that for every opinion I will qualify it, even if it shows me in a bad light! There’s little point in expressing my opinion openly and honestly, if I cant explain to anyone who takes the time to read it how and why I’ve come to that conclusion. So please bear in mind that with every opinion based piece I write, I am always trying to be open and honest, and in the extremely rare case that I might have a a conflict of interest or an agenda, I will lay it out so you can take what I say with a pinch of a salt.
One last thing I’d like to mention here, and its probably the most important of the lot. I will try and keep a balance of topical discussions and reviews on the site, not just to keep things fresh but also to get the most important people involved i.e. you! If you read something you don’t agree with, please feel free to write in your comments – I want as many people as possible getting involved in the discussions – otherwise my subjectivity argument falls kind of flat! With that being said please keep it as respectful as possible, I will have to keep the site a troll free zone in the interests of keeping things civil.
Okay so that was a longer intro than I intended. Lets get on with the fun stuff!