Saturday, May 21, 2011
Hoping Doesn't Make it Possible
The book I'm reading at the moment assumes some questionable scenarios, like the fact that a third world country has jumped ahead of the everyone in a particular type of technology, and nobody else knew about it. Now they are teaming up with a rogue general of the US in a military coup to take over the US government. Yeah, not likely.
It turns out that this technology isn't really key to the story, so I don't know why the author went through the trouble of concocting the thread in the first place. The other parts of the story are actually pretty good.
The thread seems to more than anything else, detract from the real story. Unless he was trying to make a political statement of some sort, I don't see the point.
The end result is a story that doesn't hold together. Hoping that a thing could be true, doesn't necessarily make it true and in this case doesn't help the story.
Have you read any books where the author made a leap that was just a little too far? Or maybe way too far?