I really liked this article by a good friend of mine. It’s a good insight into predictability in fiction, and whether it’s safe to be safe, or go out there and break the mould.
I apologise for lack of content lately, been struggling with family problems fir a while. I will try and return soon.
Often, climactic scenes can be predictable… but is this really a problem?
I recently finished a popular science fiction novel in which all the heroes’ hopes were dashed, they lost their spacecraft, thousands of sleeping humans were dumped into high orbit in vast cells presumably until the batteries of their cryo-tubes ran out and the galaxy was eaten by robots. I think some of the main characters survived, after a fashion.
It was brilliant.
It was also devastating. Having become emotionally involved in the narrative, and having invested a reasonable amount of time following the team’s misadventures, to see it all unravel at the last minute made me feel a little cheated. No matter how much I told myself that the author had no responsibility to make me feel good by page 400, I couldn’t shake the feeling that he had somehow sidestepped me and shivved me in the kidney. Backstab…
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