Compiling your first novel takes an immense amount of disciple and motivation. Your novel is about your college life and friends. Did real life incidents motivate you and if so how have much have you let go to fictionalize it?How much did you retain to maintain the authenticity of the experience?
Junaid, did not dissappoint me with his answer. In fact he came to the point straight away. Over to you Junaid.
The characters in the story go to jail and are beaten and humiliated. I did not go to jail. There are plenty of such incidents which happen to the characters in the novel which did not happen to me or people who inspired the characters in the book.
So, where does the authenticity of such experiences come from? For example, some people have found the jail episode a little over the top. They were of the impression that on a ragging charge, students will not be treated like it has been described in the book. I know people in real life who went to jail, were treated like convicts on a rape charge and were humiliated for reasons which did not warrant such treatment. The authenticity of the jail experience came from them, from their first-hand experience about how they were treated on some trivial charge.
For most who read the book, it wouldn’t matter if the characters or incidents are real or if the story is about incidents from real life. I don’t think anyone picks up a bestselling fiction novel like a ‘Kite Runner’ or ‘The Book Thief’ or even ‘Five Point Someone’ and decides that they will like the book only if the story is real or if the author is narrating from authentic experiences. For them (and for me), the bottom line would be – was the story told well, was the book a good read and did the novel entertain? For me, if my book is eventually seen as an entertaining read, the core objective would have been achieved and I will believe that I have done my job well.