"Fact was in black and white;/ fiction was color" (Scheherazade, Duffy). I think this quote perfectly summarizes why people need stories.The black and white facts and figures that document our lives seem completely meaningless without the stories behind them. I think actual fiction is also necessary. People read to escape from their lives and live instead in a world of color. Life is more than facts and figures, and it can be transformed with words as simple as "abracadabra".