If a story isn’t real, but makes us smile, is it a genuine emotion?

I read this on My Life is Average:

Today, I attended a co-worker’s wedding.

A little boy who looked about 6 was coming down the aisle and he took two steps, stopped, and turned to the crowd (alternating between bride’s side and groom’s side), put his hands up like claws, and roared. Step, step, ROAR, step step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle.

The crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached the pulpit. The little boy, however, was getting more and more distressed from all the laughing and was almost crying.

When asked what he was doing, he sniffed and said, “I was being the Ring Bear.” MLIA

And if you have been following my Google Reader Shared Items, someone posted “Like all the stories on here that are 90% not true, this was a story copied from X and Y.”

My response:

Who the eff cares?

Aren’t all stories made up in some way or another?

Even if it’s a real event, it’s just the perception of the storyteller giving the story.

But it may not have happened like that in someone else’s head.

If we liked the story, and it made us smile or laugh, WTF does it really matter if it was true or not?

We read fiction all the time and can evoke strong emotions

(See: The Little Princess by Burnett)… (or Twilight *sigh*)

….so it doesn’t have to be “real” or something that actually happened, to be an interesting event nonetheless.

And if they copied or got inspiration from another story is totally fine for me.

Lots of great writers get inspiration from their idols.

It’s why Charles Caleb Colton said: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

I didn’t have to ask them to verify their sources with a video or someone to vouch for what the kid did, to approve of smiling at it.

It made me giggle and that’s it.

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