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Mark Twain on Why Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Mark Twain on Why Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Mark Twain knew the difference between real life and fiction.

“Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction?
Fiction, after all, has to make sense.”
~ Mark Twain


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. smilecalm

    it’s hard making sense
    of so much of what
    is happening now 🙂

  2. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Love that quote, JoAnn! So true. Explaining the behavior of fictional characters like our Las Vegas shooter and our Dealer-in-Chief would be quite a challenge for an author – only possible in a psychological crime thriller. Some forms of behavior continue to defy reason.

  3. Animalista Untamed

    What a brilliant bon mot! It’s pretty difficult to make sense of life in 2017. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Robert A. Vella

    Love that. It’s true too. When writing science fiction, one of my big challenges was making imaginative stories about the future believable. Reality has no such constraint.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes. For instance, I don’t think I’d buy a tRump president character in sci-fi or any genre. Yet… here he is.


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