I just came across this quote by Doris Lessing (from the first volume of her autobiography, Under My Skin):
“There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.”
In the dedication for the novel It, Stephen King says:
“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” (That bit is part of a longer sentence, but works better on its own.)
I’ve been thinking about this all day. I know that if I go looking I can find similar quotes by writers, but really what interests me is the juxtaposition of lie – truth – fiction.