Fantasy vs. Reality

On 20/20 Friday night, David Muir continued his reporting on the Slender Man case. They showed the police interrogation tapes. And they were messed up. The girls barely felt any remorse for what they had done to their friend. They didn’t acknowledge – let alone realize – that Slender Man was fictional.

If anyone knows me, they know that I am a self-proclaimed nerd who takes her fictional characters seriously. They provide me with an escape from reality that helps keep me sane.

However, these girls took it way too far. Don’t get me wrong, I get wrapped up in stories too, but in the back of my mind, I know it’s not real even if it might feel that way.

What I don’t understand is how the girls completely lost their sense of reality. The fact that they were just 12 at the time shouldn’t matter. Even at that point in life, people should have a clear sense of what is real and what is not.

Yes, it’s fun to get away from reality, but if you can’t get back to it, something’s wrong. The only reason I can think of for this blurring of the line between fiction and reality is that the girls were mentally unstable. That seems to be the only logical reason they felt they had to stab their best friend. However, that doesn’t excuse what they did. It only makes it worse.

Because of this, people are probably going to want to ban books and other things. But that would be missing the point. Books, video games, movies, and other things aren’t the problem. They are a form of entertainment that everyone is entitled to. The problem lies in how people interpret it.

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