Fantasy and creative process
Posted by: Juliane Casquet
Posted on: 14th June 2012
I read almost only fantasy books, mostly medieval fantasy or heroic fantasy ones. I do read a lot of them (several per months) and I started reading them when I was a child.
I do not feel like the fantasy literature influenced my choice of career, but I am conviced that it helps a lot the creative process that underlies any research project. Fantasy if about the “what if…. ?” question, fantasy authors build complete worlds with a given set of rules, laws, politics sometimes, and then they write about what happens under these constraints. It parallels resaearch activities somehow. Fantasy authors are testing hypotheses with their brain, we are testing them with a scientific method. Fantasy authors know that their hypotheses were true when their readers feel like the world they built is coherent, scientists know that their hypotheses were true when statistics and peers agree with them.
The relationship between literature and science is intricate. Both are creative processes and science implies a lot of reading and writing.