Fantasy that is known to be not
Note there is here - among other
things, an interesting class of the anticipations (hopes, expectations,
beliefs, faiths, bets) people have about their futures, and about their
feelings if so and so were (not) the case, or (not) to be.
In this sense there is much more fiction in what motivates and orientates
people in their everyday acting and believing then they tend to suppose, at
least concerning themselves and their associates.
Also, fiction - propaganda, faith, advertisment, Public Relations - is often effective. And
people tend to believe their own fictions about themselves, knowing
considerable parts of these are make-belief, pretense, role, pose, hypocrisy,
convenience, wishful thinking or acting as if or otherwise unreal while
It takes some faith to believe in oneself, even if it is only in the
effectiveness of one's usual deceptions and
evasions. Every person is to some extent real and to some extent fiction, and
one may know (or not) this in various degrees.