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An illustration from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, depicting the fictional protagonist, Alice, playing a fantastical game of croquet.

Fiction describes people, places, events, or complete narrative works derived from imagination,<ref>"fiction." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. 2015.</ref><ref>Sageng, Fossheim, & Larsen (eds.) (2012). The Philosophy of Computer Games. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 186-187.</ref> in addition to, or rather than, from history or fact.<ref name="C. Hugh Holman 1990, p. 212">William Harmon and C. Hugh Holman A Handbook to Literature (7th edition). New York: Prentice Hall, 1990, p. 212.</ref> Fiction can be expressed in a variety of formats, including writing, live performance, electronic media, and recreational play, though the term originally referred to the major narrative forms of literature (see literary fiction),<ref>"Definition of 'fiction'." Oxford English Dictionaries (online). Oxford University Press. 2015.</ref> including the novel, novella, short story, drama, and narrative poem. Fiction constitutes an act of creative invention, so that faithfulness to reality is not typically assumed;<ref name ="litfiction">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> in other words, fiction is not expected to present only characters who are actual people or descriptions that are factually true. The context of fiction is generally open to interpretation, due to fiction's freedom from any necessary embedding in reality;<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> however, some fictional works are claimed to be, or marketed as, historically or factually accurate, complicating the traditional distinction between fiction and non-fiction.<ref>Iftekharuddin, Frahat (ed.). (2003). The Postmodern Short Story: Forms and Issues. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 23.</ref> Fiction is a classification or category, rather than a specific mode or genre, unless used in a narrower sense as a synonym for a particular literary fiction form.<ref>M. H. Abrams, A Glossary of Literary Terms (7th edition). Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace, 1999, p. 94.</ref>

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