Ceci n'est pas une lettre
It took me some growing up to be able to see fiction as metaphor, not fact.
In my opinion, good stories "Say something real about something real." The number of ways you can do that has expanded tremendously for me not because of anything in the world but because of how I connect with it.
I used to be so absurd that even fiction that represented fiction felt my wrath! I was in my younger teenage years when the Lord of the Rings movies came out and I ranted to my family about how many things the movies did wrong.
Now, I think they're great. Because they are what they are. They are not intended to be copies. They are intended to be stories.
And stories of all sorts, even pictures with a camera, are there to show us something we wouldn't be able to see with our own lives.