Because it is by people tapping into their emotions to create similar emotionw within us.Why does literature represent events which are true to life or to the reader's experience?
Because up until the modern period (early 1900s), the ideal for Literature and Art followed an Aristotilian philosophy that good Art holds up a mirror to reality. Writers of the modern and post-modern still hold true to this philosophy but with the twist that there are multiple realities and perceptions in the world.
So good Art must represent these different realities, but again, with as much accuracy as possible. The truer the art to either the reality perceived by the author or the reader, the better the Art.Why does literature represent events which are true to life or to the reader's experience?
Because that is the ';fount'; or the events from which literature draws parallels and from which authors write.
Events ';true to life or to the reader's experience'; are ofen those used by authors and are often most successful at what they set out to do... which is to chronicle our events and lives and cast new thoughts on it, new ways of thinking about it.
Those new ways of thought, or slants on life, are what authors bring when they write the literature, and when we read it, we get a new way to look at things around us, and so literature enlarges our world. It's all good.