When Eve beguiled Adam, it was with a promise, he would know good and bad. His curiosity to know the truth about his universe tempted him. I think we all share that curiosity to know inside secrets.
These grassy knoll theories intrigue us. Leaving aside my feelings about a disaster that cannot be trivialised as a story, my favourite is Titanic sunk as part of an insurance fraud. The story goes that it was her sister ship Olympic that sunk. There are so many compelling coincidences leading you on and on, until – yes until you reach the facts. The undeniable facts, all artefacts taken from the wreck are marked with Titanic not Olympic. (Don’t you hate it when the facts get in the way of a good story?)
Time magazine lists the top ten conspiracies in 2013 as:
Separating Fact from Fiction
- The JFK Assassination
- 9/11 Cover-Up
- Area 51 and the Aliens
- Paul Is Dead
- Secret Societies Control the World
- The Moon Landings Were Faked
- Jesus and Mary Magdalene
- Holocaust Revisionism
- The CIA and AIDS
- The Reptilian Elite
Contemporary conspiracies make great fiction. Robert Harris’s conclusion in his novel ‘Ghost’ (plot spoiler alert) has the fictional UK Prime Minister Lang unduly influenced by allegiances to the USA. It’s a great read, and I guess you probably have to know Prime Minister Blair quite well to know that a libel suit wouldn’t follow publication.
Perhaps it is the link with reality and the what if… that makes this such a great read. We believe maybe Harris knows something we don’t and he is revealing a great and unknown secret.
What makes a conspiracy believable? Why do we like these secrets? Do you have any favourites?