"Faction" = "Fiction" + "Fact"
The normal definition of “faction” is a dissenting group among a larger group.
But according to The Book Genre Dictionary, faction now also means fiction based on fact.
So 1 word to replace 4.
I’m all for efficiency! And the mix of words actually makes sense.
When I read such books, though, I chuck the “true” part and read the story as straight fiction. I don’t like trying to guess what’s true and what’s not.
Here are a few such books listed in the BGD:
— IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote
— BLONDE, the fictionalized story of Marilyn Monroe by Joyce Carol Oates
— ROOTS by Alex Haley
What are your favorite “factions”?
On a more serious note, “faction” is a term used in FACT, FICTION AND FACTION, a 2010 anthology of articles that discuss the blurring lines between fiction and truth in our society.
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