1 the popularity of South American fiction
novels, stories, (creative) writing, (prose) literature
Choose the right word
fiction, deception, fable, fabrication, falsehood, figment
If a young child tells you there is a dinosaur under his bed, you might assume that his story is a fiction, but it is probably a figment. A fiction is a story that is invented either to entertain or to deceive ( her excuse was ingenious, but it was pure fiction), while figment suggests the operation of fancy or imagination ( a figment of his imagination). If a child hides his sandwich under the sofa cushions and tells you that a dinosaur ate it, this would be a fabrication, which is a story that is intended to deceive. Unlike a figment, which is mostly imagined, a fabrication is a false but thoughtfully constructed story in which some truth is often interwoven ( the city's safety record was a fabrication designed to lure tourists downtown). A falsehood is basically a lie—a statement or story that one knows to be false but tells with intent to deceive ( a deliberate falsehood about where the money had come from). A deception, on the other hand, is an act that deceives but not always intentionally or maliciously ( a foolish deception designed to prevent her parents from worrying). A fable is a fictitious story that deals with events or situations that are clearly fantastic, impossible, or incredible. It often gives animals or inanimate objects the power to speak and conveys a lesson of practical wisdom, as in Aesop's Fables.