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The devil is in the details

I read quite a bit and I watch television.  I guess we all do.  But I have a problem; I can’t watch or read without being pulled out of the story by little things. 


I work in a living history museum on the weekends, so sometimes even my favorite shows can drive me crazy.  Fantasy, historical and post-apocalyptic things are the ones most likely to have things that drive me nuts in them.   You have to understand that I have ridden horses, raised, killed and dressed my own food, loaded and shot a flintlock.  Oh yeah, and we use a water powered grist mill.


It takes me right out of the story to see things done wrong – or weirdly or whatever.  The image sticks in my head for days and days.  Or the image of the words in the case of a book where a woman took off a bra in the about 600 years before the bra was invented.


So if you are writing, try to make the details as right as possible.  After all, if I notice, others will.   



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Oct. 10th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean! You can tell when a writer is really dedicated to their story, and when they juts aren't. When a writer doesn't do their research it's usually lazy writing, and it shows.
Oct. 11th, 2012 10:58 am (UTC)
It' funny I know BBC often uses reenactors in tv shows (I have freinds that have done it) but it dosn't seem like we think to do those things in the US.

My mom and I have been watching Revolution and it seems like they didn't think "what is daily life like without electricity" and that is odd since that is what the show is about.
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