Fang Talks

Gullible

Though it would be really cool if it was, this isn’t a post that takes a look at some popular fictional events in a scientific way.

It is, however, a post about my personal troubles with writing fiction. As you may or may not know, I don’t write your average housewife novel. No, I tend to lean more towards the sci-fi side of things, borderline fantasy even. I really like writing about seemingly impossible scenarios in foreign settings, with characters doing really odd things. I enjoy thinking stuff like that up, and figuring out how it could work if it were really happening.

But, how do I put this… I take that a bit too far. I often find myself trying to find a scientific explanation of how, for example, shapeshifting works, or at least try and describe the process that occurs as it happens. This is all fun and games, until I discover a major flaw in my theory, and either angrily rewrite it, or throw away my digital pen and paper in a moment of rage.

Okay it’s not that extreme, but I really don’t feel comfortable implementing something exotic like that into my stories if I can’t come up with a detailed explanation of how it may work, how it is experienced by people, why they feel, how they control it, et cetera. The shapeshifting example, trust me, is one I’ve rambled on about and had fierce discussions over before. This isn’t true, yes it is, no it doesn’t work that way, even if it didn’t then still… Heh, in retrospect, I think I may have a slight aversion of the idea of throwing my own theories out of the window to accept a new one. Stop being so close-minded, Fang.

A pro though, is that this usually goes paired with all kinds of research, which teaches me stuff.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 14/11/2012 (1:35 AM)

    Well it is good you’re learning stuff but there are probably just some things that I don’t think can be explained. You know how much I wracked my brains over trying to explain hyperspace and FTL travel. In the end I just decided “Fuck it, alternate universe without physical laws that was discovered by accident. No I don’t know or care what the accident was.” Sometimes you just have to remember that you can and will be able to get away with a lot of stuff just by applying the label “science fiction” to it. I don’t think anyone ever really explained how lightsabers worked, which is the main reason we still don’t have them. We’d probably have flying cars by now if we fully understood how they worked. Or cyborgs/androids. Try not to worry so much about it.

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