Feb. 20th, 2019

forestofglory: Blue butterflies in front of pale white people with long flowing hair (blue magic)
I'm trying to articulate a thing I don't like in fiction. It has to do with the characters and the reader/audience not knowing the same things. I was watching and episode of TV where a character travels to a parallel universe and to me as viewer it was very obvious what had happened but it took the character half the episode. This was so frustrating! They spent so much time being confused about it.

I also don't like when the characters know things but the author is hiding it form the audience. If the characters are hiding it form the reader, or only a character who is not the view point character knows then that can be ok. I can think of lots of example here but they are all spoilerific. But like in old mysteries when the detective has solved the case but waits until everyone is there to explain. (I think some mystery readers who like to guess the answer enjoy this?)

I really hate suspense so narratives that keep hinting at dark secretes or that something awful is going to happen just make me anxious.

I was listening to the latest episode of the Reading The End podcast and one of the Jennys mentioned she hated being in the dark in stories. I don't think this quite the same thing. I can be confused if the characters are confused. And I really like that thing where the author just throws you into the middle of the world and you figure out how it works but piece together little details. "Inculing" I think its called.

Anyways what do you think of audience character information miss-matches? Do you like them? not like them? Only like them under certain circumstances?


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