A Story’s Technology

13 Dec

How much of a role does technology play in your story? With how quickly technology evolves in our world, how do you go about being sure your story’s level of technology is feasible?

Despite first being published in 1998, the final battle in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series took place in 1998, a time when cell phones were beginning to become the norm. Imagine how different that series could have gone if it was set a decade or two later — muggleborns coming into Hogwarts with cell phones, WiFi signals getting crossed in the air with magic and sparking unintended side effects, Harry simply being able to text Sirius in the Order of the Phoenix instead of charging into that trap at the ministry.

Placing a story in the future grants one the freedom of imagination when it comes to creating new feats of technology, but placing a story in the past grants a different kind of freedom, one that allows the writer to create and write around the challenges of a world with less technology.

So, what level of technology does your story have?


Posted by on December 13, 2016 in Home


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2 responses to “A Story’s Technology

  1. Jenn Moss

    December 13, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Good points! Stories change a great deal depending on technology levels. Hence this hilarious video (warning for spoilers of classic films and such):

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kris P.

      December 18, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Haha, that was awesome! Thank you for sharing the video!

      Liked by 1 person


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