Discuss other supports or examples for my practice essay, "fantasy is often preferred to reality."Discuss other supports or examples for my practice essay, "fantasy is often preferred to reality."

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is an interesting topic.  I think that you have a good start.  I would actually suggest going to a work of literature to help you. You might want to check out the story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber.  The protagonist in the story prefers fantasy to reality, and the story does a wonderful job of probing into the depths of why people succumb to fantasy over reality.  This might help give you some thematic exploration, allowing you to explore the theme in a clear manner using the work as an example.  I think that you want to find as many examples as possible in as many realms as possible to demonstrate a type of "universality" to your idea and thesis statement.  Examining the psychological condition linked to preferring fantasy to reality, delusion, would also be helpful for you.  It is important that there is a probing of the psychological framework which enables individuals to pursue fantasy over reality and examining conditions such as delusion might help you broaden the appeal of the writing.

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I agree with post 3. I think one modern (or real world) example is video games. Specifically, MMOs (massive multi-player online games) tend to attrack people who prefer fantasy to reality. If you need references for your essay, you might look for websites that offer help to people who have literally become addicted to video games (there used to be several sites like this for the game Everquest). Another real world example might be movies. People watch movies to escape their own reality. It is now possible to watch movies instantly over the web or have movies deliver to your house. It could easily be argued that some movies provide an escape into a fantasy world.
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think you can look at examples from the real world as well.  Think about people who become excessively involved in fantasy worlds.  There are people who spend too much time on role-playing games online.  There are people who spend too much time looking at pornography online because they prefer that to reality.  All of these people who retreat into make believe worlds like this are proof of what you are talking about.  (Of course, not all people who like fantasy prefer it to reality -- there is a line between healthy escapism and losing yourself in the fantasy.)

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
It would be interesting to compare book sales figures, for example at amazon.com, to see which genre sells more. Of course, all books are basically a fantasy and escape, so the fact that Americans spend so much on books and television, as well as movies, tells you something. People still spend in a recession!