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Novels as roller coasters, novels as gardens - Input Junkie
August 7th, 2010
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Novels as roller coasters, novels as gardens
green_knight posted about kaath9's take on plots and roller coasters-- it isn't just a matter of more and less tension, it's a matter of appropriately placed surprises, with a corollary that you need more than one sort of surprise.

e_moon60 suggested in comments that a novel is also like a landscaped garden, which makes sense to me-- she put the emphasis (she's talking about the more subtle surprises in the "slow" bits, but it reminds me of the small pleasures which need to be in a larger context, but which are a lot of why I read fiction.

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Date:August 7th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
The commenter with the landscape garden was E. Moon (e_moon60), not eBear.

Edited at 2010-08-07 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Date:August 7th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know. My apologies.
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