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POLL: Facts Getting In The Way Of A Good Story


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BBurger Inactive Member writes:

Like some of the above, it depends on the quality of the writing.

Patrick O'Brien's Napoleonic Wars lasted three or five years too long? Pity they didn't last a decade longer! Hearing O'Brien had died with book 21 barely started was awful, as I'd just finished my first complete readthrough of the series and was hoping the next one would be along shortly, having finally caught up!

Flat-out schlock like "Bravefart"? Stick to the damn story, and stick Mr. Gibson elsewhere entirely…


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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP wonders:

I have read a lot about an author who will say something like, "I know that Bohemond was not in Antioch in 1453, but I needed him to marry the Archbishop then for my story."

Or, "Sure, Alexander was not a stand-up comic, but it gave him more humanity when he killed Cleitus."

How tolerant are you of stretching the facts in a "historical" novel or movie? 0, 10%, 20%, 30%...

One example: I had read Keneally's Schindler's List and thought it was a great work. I saw a review in the NY Times Book Review of his novel Confederates. It mentioned Third Manassas. Sorry, no purchase. It seems to me that is the job of the author to wrap his story around known facts, not to cut and clip the facts to fit his story.

I wonder what everyone thinks.

So, on a scale of zero (really bugs me) to 100% (doesn't bother me), how tolerant are you of authors bending the facts for the sake of a story?