Fiction is a form of literature that originates in the imagination of the writer, so the characters and events depicted are not true. Fiction may be realistic or non-realistic and has many genres, including mysteries, comedies, and science fiction. Fiction can also take many forms, such as novels, novellas, and short stories. All fiction incorporates basic elements, including characters, plot, and conflict. Furthermore, fiction may be categorized as literary or commercial.
Salem Press Encyclopedia of Literature, 2019. 2p.