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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you ...
by Zen
Realism in a story is very subjective. Margaret Attwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale is set in a dystopian future that is ubelievably weird. As you make your way through the story though, it all starts to make horrible sense, and by the end it is all too believable.

As long as your world is homogenous and holistic, you can probably get away with just about anything. Attwood started by simply asking the question "what if... there was a massive drop in the birthrate?" Gilead was one of the possible outcomes. You have to admit, it would have been too full of story potential to turn away from, so she didn't.

In the end, stories are about people. Forget the plot (although you'll need a good one), it is the character that makes the story compelling. People are products of the world they inhabit - forget that fact and your story starts to fall apart. A story with compelling characters in situations that are fairly alien to them (all stories boil down to the 'fish out of water' scenario), set in a world that makes sense to the character, is fertile ground for a page-turner.
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Staying afloat, aka. can you get out? · 12-04-17 9:53am
by Marcel A. Forrester
Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get out? · 12-04-17 11:15am
by Veritas
Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get out? · 12-04-17 12:29pm
by Marcel A. Forrester
Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get out? · 12-04-17 4:28pm
by Tobber
Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get out? · 12-05-17 4:24am
by Marcel A. Forrester
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get out? · 12-05-17 9:26am
by Tobber
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get ... · 12-05-17 11:42am
by Marcel A. Forrester
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you ... · 12-05-17 12:57pm
by Veritas
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can ... · 12-05-17 1:07pm
by Marcel A. Forrester
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you ... · 12-05-17 4:04pm
by Tobber
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can ... · 12-05-17 4:26pm
by Marcel A. Forrester
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. ... · 12-06-17 3:30pm
by Tobber
*Star* Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you ... · 12-05-17 7:58pm
by Zen
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can ... · 12-06-17 9:23am
by Marcel A. Forrester

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