Wednesday, February 4, 2015

#IWSG Does it bug you when ...

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Movies get away with impossible things, but authors cannot?

Saturday, I had a conversation with a good friend of mine over dinner and we talked about that very thing. She said that maybe it is because viewers are caught up in the moment and expect to be entertained.

Here are my thoughts:
Uh, no, a puddle of petroleum gas will not burst into fire and explode if you shoot it with a gun. Uh, no, that villain would not get back up after having been shot in the gut. Uh, no, a man cannot possibly squeeze through a drainpipe no matter how alien the antagonist is.

Do you see where we're going here? As authors, we get lynched for writing in the word "Okay" during the 1800s (perish the thought!)! Or if we aren't scientifically correct in making sense of technicalities in a sci-fi book. Or a famous rock star doesn't get recognized while strolling down the street. (
those happen all the time in movies, why not books?)

A friend of mine complained from a review how her book didn't sound realistic. Uh, well, how does a flying vampire sound realistic? LOL

There are many times when something in real life has happened and we insert it into a book. Sometimes, readers will say that can't happen--but it has, and it did! Have you ever reenacted a scene from your book just to see how it would work out? Maybe something didn't happen during that era or couldn't possibly have happened.

That's when I build the plot (or plant an idea) to where it doesn't come as a shock to the readers. Or at least try to. If all else fails, why not put an author's note and pull the last "creative license" declaration card?

What do you think? Do you feel the same way? What are your writerly pet peeves?