Following The Rules

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“The problem with pulling this kind of thing the wrong way in a speculative-fiction story is that science fiction, fantasy, and horror don’t necessarily share mainstream fiction’s baseline expectations for how reality works, and it’s far too easy to leave audiences feeling cheated, annoyed, or just plain confused when the rules change abruptly, or were ill-defined in the first place.”

This A.V. Club article zeroes in on the necessity of “rigid rules” in fiction’s “freest genres,” reminding us of the importance of setting up–and sticking with–the story’s internal rules.

(Via Largeheartedboy)


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →