The fiction of wish-fulfilment
I have written about politics in fiction in The Independent on Sunday today, because Bloomsbury, publisher of Professor Steven Fielding’s A State of Play, was kind enough to send me proofs of the book, to be published in April.
This provided new discoveries in my quest last week for the answer to the question: why do people hate politicians so much.
I have written about the fiction of wish-fulfilment before, in my similar quest for the source of “Blair rage”. And it is notable that two of the wish-fulfilment fantasies mentioned by Fielding, A Very British Coup and Love Actually, involve a British prime minister “standing up to” a US president.
This reflects a strain of anti-Americanism that is represented in actual politics only by the UK Independence Party, possibly because it is more popular in theory than it would be in practice.Tagged in: anti-politics, book review, fiction, politician rage
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