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Fiction vs. Fake: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 28, 2023
"Fiction" refers to literature or content created from imagination, while "fake" denotes something that is not genuine or is a deliberate imitation.
Fiction vs. Fake

Key Differences

Fiction is a genre of literature and other forms of media that involves storytelling created from the imagination. It encompasses novels, short stories, dramas, and films that are not factual but are often rooted in real-life experiences or universal themes. Fake, however, refers to something made to deceive or give a false impression. It implies an intention to mislead, such as counterfeit items, falsified information, or imitation products.
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The purpose of fiction is to entertain, educate, or provoke thought, often using narrative devices like character development and plot to convey a story. It is openly acknowledged as imaginary or made-up by both the creator and the audience. In contrast, fake items or information are designed to be indistinguishable from the real thing in order to deceive. The intention behind something fake is to pass it off as genuine or authentic.
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In terms of creation, fiction is a product of creative expression and artistic endeavor. Writers and creators use fiction to explore themes, ideas, and human experiences. On the other hand, fake items are produced with the intent to mimic or replicate something real for fraudulent purposes, such as fake news, counterfeit products, or forged documents.
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The audience's perception also differentiates fiction from fake. Readers or viewers approach fiction with the understanding that it is a work of imagination, often suspending disbelief for the sake of enjoyment. In contrast, fake items or information are often presented as real, and the deception can lead to misinformation, confusion, or even legal and ethical issues.
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Finally, fiction is a celebrated part of culture and literature, contributing significantly to the arts, entertainment, and education. Conversely, fake is generally viewed negatively, as it involves deception and dishonesty, which can have harmful consequences.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Imaginary content created for storytelling
Something not genuine, intended to deceive
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Purpose

To entertain, educate, or provoke thought
To deceive or mislead
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Creation

Product of creative expression and imagination
Created to mimic or replicate something real
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Audience Perception

Acknowledged as imaginary
Often presented as real, leading to deception
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Cultural Value

Celebrated in arts and literature
Viewed negatively due to dishonesty
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Fiction and Fake Definitions

Fiction

Storytelling that is not factual.
The film was pure fiction, with no basis in truth.
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Fake

Not genuine; counterfeit.
The painting was discovered to be a fake.
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Fiction

The class of literature comprising works of imaginative narration.
Fiction is a popular genre in the library.
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Fake

To forge or reproduce something for deception.
The signature on the document was faked.
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Fiction

Imaginary works of literature or art.
She preferred reading fiction to escape reality.
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Fake

An imitation made to look real.
The designer purse was actually a fake.
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Fiction

Literature comprising imaginative narration.
His novel is a work of fiction based on historical events.
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Fake

Having a false or misleading appearance; fraudulent.
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Fiction

The category of literature, drama, film, or other creative work whose content is imagined and is not necessarily based on fact.
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Fake

One that is not authentic or genuine; a sham.
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Fiction

Works in this category
The fiction of Virginia Woolf.
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Fake

(Sports) A brief feint or aborted change of direction intended to mislead one's opponent or the opposing team.
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Fiction

A work within this category
The shorter fictions of Faulkner.
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Fake

One loop or winding of a coiled rope or cable.
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Fiction

Narrative, explanatory material, or belief that is not true or has been imagined or fabricated
The notion that he was at the scene of the crime is pure fiction.
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Fake

To contrive and present as genuine; counterfeit
Fake a signature.
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Fiction

A narrative, explanation, or belief that may seem true but is false or fabricated
"Neutrality is a fiction in an unneutral world" (Howard Zinn).
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Fake

To simulate; feign
Faked his death so his wife would collect insurance money.
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Fiction

(Law) A verbal contrivance that is in some sense inaccurate but that accomplishes a purpose, as in the treatment of husband and wife as one person or a corporation as an entity.
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Fake

(Music) To improvise (a passage).
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Fiction

(literature) Literary type using invented or imaginative writing, instead of real facts, usually written as prose.
I am a great reader of fiction.
The fiction section of the library
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Fake

(Sports) To deceive (an opponent) with a fake. Often used with out.
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Fiction

A verbal or written account that is not based on actual events (often intended to mislead).
The company’s accounts contained a number of blatant fictions.
The butler’s account of the crime was pure fiction.
Separate the fact from the fiction
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Fake

To engage in feigning, simulation, or other deceptive activity.
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Fiction

(legal) A legal fiction.
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Fake

(Sports) To perform a fake.
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Fiction

The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; as, by a mere fiction of the mind.
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Fake

To coil (a rope or cable).
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Fiction

That which is feigned, invented, or imagined; especially, a feigned or invented story, whether oral or written. Hence: A story told in order to deceive; a fabrication; - opposed to fact, or reality.
The fiction of those golden apples kept by a dragon.
When it could no longer be denied that her flight had been voluntary, numerous fictions were invented to account for it.
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Fake

Not real; false, fraudulent
Which fur coat looks fake?
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Fiction

Fictitious literature; comprehensively, all works of imagination; specifically, novels and romances.
The office of fiction as a vehicle of instruction and moral elevation has been recognized by most if not all great educators.
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Fake

(of people) Insincere
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Fiction

An assumption of a possible thing as a fact, irrespective of the question of its truth.
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Fake

Something which is not genuine, or is presented fraudulently.
I suspect this passport is a fake.
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Fiction

Any like assumption made for convenience, as for passing more rapidly over what is not disputed, and arriving at points really at issue.
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Fake

(sports) A move meant to deceive an opposing player, used for gaining advantage for example when dribbling an opponent.
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Fiction

A literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
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Fake

(archaic) A trick; a swindle
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Fiction

A deliberately false or improbable account
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Fake

(nautical) One of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser, as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil.
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Fiction

Created stories in books, movies, or theater.
Science fiction explores futuristic concepts.
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Fake

(transitive) To make a counterfeit, to counterfeit, to forge, to falsify.
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Fake

(transitive) To make a false display of, to affect, to feign, to simulate.
To fake a marriage
To fake happiness
To fake a smile
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Fake

(archaic) To cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob.
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Fake

(archaic) To modify fraudulently, so as to make an object appear better or other than it really is
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Fake

To improvise, in jazz.
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Fake

(nautical) To coil (a rope, line, or hawser), by winding alternately in opposite directions, in layers usually of zigzag or figure of eight form, to prevent twisting when running out.
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Fake

One of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser, as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil.
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Fake

A trick; a swindle.
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Fake

To coil (a rope, line, or hawser), by winding alternately in opposite directions, in layers usually of zigzag or figure of eight form,, to prevent twisting when running out.
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Fake

To cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob.
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Fake

To make; to construct; to do.
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Fake

To manipulate fraudulently, so as to make an object appear better or other than it really is; as, to fake a bulldog, by burning his upper lip and thus artificially shortening it.
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Fake

Something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
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Fake

A person who makes deceitful pretenses
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Fake

(football) a deceptive move made by a football player
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Fake

Make a copy of with the intent to deceive;
He faked the signature
They counterfeited dollar bills
She forged a Green Card
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Fake

Fake or falsify;
Fudge the figures
Cook the books
Falsify the data
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Fake

Talk through one's hat;
The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it
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Fake

Fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
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Fake

Not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article;
It isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur
Faux pearls
False teeth
Decorated with imitation palm leaves
A purse of simulated alligator hide
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Fake

Intended to deceive or mislead.
The news article was fake, spreading false information.
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Fake

A person who pretends to be something they are not.
He was exposed as a fake expert.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can fiction be based on real events?

Yes, fiction can be inspired by real events but is ultimately a creation of the imagination.
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Do people know when they are consuming fiction?

Yes, consumers of fiction are usually aware that it is a work of imagination.
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Is fake always negative?

Yes, fake typically has negative connotations as it involves deception.
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What does fake mean?

Fake refers to something that is not genuine and intended to deceive.
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Can fake news be harmful?

Yes, fake news can spread misinformation and have serious consequences.
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Can fake items be illegal?

Yes, producing or selling fake items, like counterfeit money, is illegal.
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Is all fiction purely imaginary?

While fiction is imaginative, it often draws on real-life experiences or settings.
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Do fiction writers use real locations?

Yes, fiction writers often use real or realistic settings for their stories.
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What is fiction?

Fiction is literature or content created from the imagination.
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Are fake documents a serious crime?

Yes, creating or using fake documents, especially for fraud, is a serious offense.
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Can fiction be educational?

Yes, fiction can offer insights into human nature, society, and various themes.
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Can fiction influence real life?

Yes, fiction can influence perspectives, inspire ideas, and affect culture.
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What role does fiction play in society?

Fiction plays a significant role in entertainment, education, and cultural expression.
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Does fiction always have a happy ending?

No, fiction can have a variety of endings, not necessarily happy.
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What is the purpose of creating fake items?

Fake items are usually created to deceive, mislead, or profit illegitimately.
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How can one spot fake news?

By checking sources, verifying facts, and being skeptical of sensational claims.
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Can fake items sometimes be legal?

Imitations or replicas can be legal if they don't infringe on copyrights or trademarks.
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Is it easy to identify fake products?

Not always, as some fake products are made to closely resemble the real ones.
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Are there different genres of fiction?

Yes, fiction includes many genres like mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy.
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Do fiction and fake ever overlap?

They can overlap in the context of fictional narratives in movies or literature, but they have different fundamental meanings.
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