Welcome to the second meeting of the Antiheroes Without Fear Psychosomatic Film Club. Today we talk about obsessions and addictions trying to identify the fears behind these behaviours. I'm Carrie and I'm obsessed with shopping; I'm afraid of banality and falling into irrelevance. My name is Popeye and I'm addicted to spinach; I'm afraid of physical helplessness. Hulk salutes you, addicted to adrenaline; I fear only myself. I'm Bond and I'm obsessed with cars and sex; I'm afraid it's too small.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In April 2023, the group has 11,000 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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