I don’t know about you guys but when it comes my choice of entertainment, I always (always) think that it’s not real, it’s just fiction and whether I end up liking or not has nothing to do with the story’s realism. Sure, I do want some hint of it (realism, I mean) but it’s not really a great big of a deal if it isn’t—especially if the story is overwhelmingly fictitious. It’s just too much to ask for it when it embodies something that is all—made up.
But the matter of how much will I let it slip is something that I still consider and heavily relies on the nature of the thing I read. For example, Dr. Stone (ドクターストーン) (story 稲垣理一郎, art by Boichi) this is a post-apocalyptic story and its main theme is Science. Yes, it’s fiction and like I said before I tend to separate the realistic elements as much as possible BUT! The case here isn’t easy to do because the main theme is about Science—it’s using scientific terminologies and theories so if possible should carry at least a huge chuck of realism in it! The reason why I adore this new JUMP series is because of the Science aspect! I find the experiments and the jargons (yes, the jargons—I’m nerd through and through ) really cooool~ So yeah, in this case I want it and if possible, spot on! (but again it’s depend on the series or story)
Let’s flip the coin this time, you know how exaggerate Kuroko no Basket (黒子のバスケ) was when it comes to its play (I mean, one time the author made a mistake by making the protag punched the ball when it is actually prohibited in the actual game) while I salute him for correcting his error and changed it, it’s actually nice that he minded some reality on his story but aside from that, the basketball style in Kuroko no Basket is way too fictional and yet, I still enjoyed the series regardless. This, in this instance, where I suspend my belief and I actually just enjoyed this series for what it is—realism withstanding.
While, yes, it all depends on the nature or the theme of the story but most of the time I don’t crave too much realism on otherwise fictional stories. And I’m probably one of those people who enjoy things as reader only. I don’t need to see myself in the series/stories I read (every time) or it to hold such big realistic aspect for me to enjoy it. It also doesn’t need to jive with my beliefs—because I’m the type of reader who enjoy stories as stories—a momentarily exile from reality. So I want things to be different, so different, so it’s okay for it to be what is—just fiction.