[LMB] Setting the story up

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Tue Dec 16 13:52:15 GMT 2014

> On Dec 15, 2014, at 23:29, Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sometimes we don't even care that, by taking a step away from the
> story and applying critical thinking, we can defeat the 'mystery'.
> I'm think of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?", the movie version of the
> novel "Who Censored Roger Rabbit?"

The TV series "Columbo" was based upon that every week.

> It's a fantastic movie, with a very obvious villain.  But the point
> isn't figuring out who the villain is, the point is enjoying the
> process of the protagonist discovering the entire story and collecting
> the facts needed to demonstrate it.  The protagonist doesn't have
> access to our knowledge of genre conventions, can't afford to make
> risky judgments on appearances alone, and doesn't know he's in a work
> of fiction.
> I did enjoy re-reading "The Curse of Chalion" and "The Paladin of
> Souls" so that I could identify all of the small events that, in
> hindsight, the gods probably had some influence in.  Reading the book
> the first time, without having the entire pattern in mind, they simply
> seem to be minor coincidences.

Very much so.   The re-reads were as enjoyable as the 1st reads.

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