V is for Verisimilitude | #AtoZChallenge

Verisimilitude is the “use of certain lifelike details to give the semblance of reality.”

(Source: Verisimilitude, Components of Literature, Weber State University, weber.edu.)

Personally, I think of it as “very similar to.” It helps me spell the word, too!  (y changes to i when adding many endings.)

Hobbit hole. Credit: giphy.com

In a literary work, verisimilitude ensures that even a fantasy world and its elements are rooted in reality. Events need to be plausible enough to be considered credible by readers so that they can relate them to their real life experiences.

Origin of verisimilitude

According to mimesis, a Platonic and Aristotelian dramatic theory, a work should convince the audience “by imitating and representing nature and having basis in reality.” The playwright draws themes from sources well known to common people, giving the work a sense of realism with which they can identify. A literary work leaves a lasting impression on readers (or viewers) if the theme is presented in a way that is relatable to real life.

Examples

  • political satires (Gulliver’s Travels; see Example #1)
  • poetry (imagery of fantastic ideas related to real things through analogies; see Example #3)

(Source: Verisimilitude, Literary Devices, literarydevices.net.)

Lord of the Rings. Credit: giphy.com

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W is for Writing Wit

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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4 Responses to V is for Verisimilitude | #AtoZChallenge

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  3. The Hobit hole was so lively. Good to know.. 🙂

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