Many moons ago when I thought it was prudent to study the craft of writing (something I have since rethought, but that is for another day) one of my professors stated that there must be truth in fiction. Of course students protested vehemently, especially those of us who choose experimental, sci-fi and/or fantasy genres.
However, now that I am older I realize the very profound truth in it. I have read many works, especially lately, that while far reaching in their philosophical, scientific or other contexts they fall flat because the "real" elements were not truthful.
For example, anyone can lace together a strand of psuedo-science to create a sci-fi thriller, Gene Roddenbury and George Lucas have both proved this. Yet if there wasn't an element of honesty and truth in the details, in the characters, we wouldn't connect and we wouldn't care. This is also true for Tolkein, Rowling, Rice and well, I could go on.
Somewhere in all of the fiction there needs to be something real that we can relate to in order to indulge our suspension of disbelief and get lost in those worlds.
Alot of the posted-up here or there, especially in the realm of fan fiction, I am seeing people lose the details and focus on what they perceive to be the grand themes and, for me, it just falls flat.
What are your thoughts on truth in writing fiction?