from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The tendency to escape from daily reality or routine by indulging in daydreaming, fantasy, or entertainment.
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- n. An inclination to escape from routine or reality into fantasy
- n. A genre of book, film etc. that one uses to indulge this tendency
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy
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OK, call it escapism from the reality of what was happening in Massachusetts, if you must.
The term escapism is defined as activities that are designed to remove people from the unhappiness ... ndash; conscious or unconscious ... ndash; of daily life to the point where they are trying to escape from life itself.
Of course, this kind of escapism is not meant to be a replacement of real action, and many could claim that it is useless.
To me, 'escapism' is akin to a 'popcorn' flick, something that doesn't take a lot of effort to enjoy.
Sweeping them all away as escapism is simply an active ignorance of the thematic drift, which will be different in each work according to what it is in the world that each work is attaching the wonder to.
Lastly, and I'm wincing in anticipation of thrown vegetables for revealing my, hmm, teenage ardency for bad, bad escapism, is Magic Kingdom for Sale -- Sold! by Terry Brooks:
On the other hand, when times are tough escapism is always profitable ...
In terms of the overall market, people read sf/f at least partially for a sense of escapism, for something different than their everyday world, and that need for escapism is even stronger during a difficult market.
Secondly the point from London calling that “Society has some serious complex issues to address to take on the Drugs war, but to date we have dodged the real questions simply by not facing up to the world in which we live and the effect it has on everyone” is absolutely right and the word escapism spring to mind in terms of issues/facts being ignored.
However, SF as escapism is as old as cinema, and I too don't see the literary science fiction landscape as being much altered (in this way, at least) by the events of 911.