Thought it would be interesting to discuss opinions about realism within fiction. There are a lot of facets to this subject... for one, it can be difficult to portray things realistically with an unfamiliar subject. Another, is how crazy reality is... What are your thoughts on how close to reality your stories or fiction in general should be? Do you have any personal "rules" for how often an unlikely occurrence should be allowed to happen? How much do you study a subject before writing about it, and how closely do you stick to what you learned? Being able to educate the reader about a subject is always nice--how important is that to you, when writing a story?