The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
I did frolic on the internet and did read that quote. I thought it was a pretty snappy quote for a writer I bore no great respect for. Did I need to revise my opinions? Are Tom Clancy novels packed with pithy insights stored neatly amongst the military hardware? I decided to research. Oh no, not by reading Tom Clancy novels. My blog is on a very tight schedule. Even if those Clancy novels move adroitly along from one submarine chase to another they're still absolute bricks. I read quotes.
Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.
Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
And finally, Mark Twain said:
The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.
We have a hit! We have a hit! Man your battle stations! Full power aft!
As Dr. Seuss said:
No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.
Or, as I might put it:
No matter what one does, someone always imputes meaning into books.