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February 11, 2012

Oh for Goodness sake! Get it RIGHT!

by limebirddennis

The other day my family and I were sitting around talking about the TV programmes that we watched as children. I was reminiscing about “The Six Million Dollar Man” and remembered how it used to really bug me when Steve Austin would jerk his bionic arm away from his body to break the chains that were binding him. Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of the strength of steel would know that the chains wouldn’t break; all that our hero would do would be to drag the chain through his un-bionic body, creating an even bigger mess for Oscar and his team to clear up.

That got me to thinking, am I the only person that, upon reading something that breaks the rules, sits backs and moans: “Oh for Goodness sake! Get it RIGHT!” Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to suspend disbelief, but, once I have accepted that faster-than-light travel, or super strength, or whatever, is possible, then the author owes it to us (or at least owes it to me!) to stick within the new rules of the game. Friedrich Nietzsche said that “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you”; and I feel that, when someone breaks the rules, it makes it harder to immerse oneself in what they are saying – I find that part of me is sitting back, looking for other errors.

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