1. BillyxRansom
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    Non-linear = inconsistent?

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by BillyxRansom, Jul 7, 2011.

    Do you buy into this? I read a book and a lot of people who reviewed it said that the plot was inconsistent, and that fans of the novel were apologists claiming it was a non-linear story, i.e. employing a certain method for writing it, and that there was a very specific purpose, and that, to said critics, this was a cop-out.

    I'm looking to see what are some of you good people's thoughts?
     
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    What book was it? It is kind of difficult to make a judgment without knowing the book or the author.
     
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    There's nothing wrong with having a plot that moves in a nonlinear direction, but you don't want to have lots of inconsistencies and contradictions. But like Ellipse said, I can't really say more without knowing more.
     
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    Dhalgren, by Samuel R. Delany.
     
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    Oh, I thought this was a book you were writing. Well, what did you think of it when you read it? Was it good? Analyze it; pick apart what parts you think worked and what didn't. Everyone will have different opinions, so just because someone has an opinion on a book doesn't mean their way is right or wrong. Be your own judge.

    What kind of inconsistencies?
     
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    I think its fine as long as it doesn't become convoluted

    Kind Regards
     

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