In response to Frank Rose’s short story “The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction”, he speaks about how people would rather live in the fantasy world then living in reality. Rose states, “It’s what we think we want. What we really want is to go back to Pandora, even though we’ve never been there in the first place”. With this being said a great example would be the movie Avatar, which the movie is about a young disabled soldier, after the death of his brother, he takes on his brother’s mission into another world called Pandora. He takes the identity of an “Avatar”, which then he learns their ways and bonds with the Na’vi people, he realizes how he would rather live in that “Fantasy” world then reality being disabled and not being able to walk.
Another example is the movie “The Great and Powerful Oz”. The movie is about a magician who falls into a world of people who believed him to be a great wizard. Which was a whole different reality, a different environment which everyone worships him. He wanted to live something that’s not real, which was taking the name of the Wizard of Oz. Even though he knew what his true reality was he loved the attention everyone was giving him and the image of being the Great and Powerful.
As for a real life experience, my nephew Jacob is 5 years old and he is PDD Autistic and ADHD. Because of his disorders his imagination takes over his reality. He takes things literally, he cannot accept sarcasm, so it’s like he gets confused with what he see on TV with what is reality. He knows in real life that he cannot do certain things, but because he sees it in cartoons he feels as if he can be a cartoon, as if he is a character in the cartoon. He knows that certain things are not real but he wants to believe it’s real because he know that it is fun for him.