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2 responses to “Tension

  1. coilerxii

    August 14, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    It’s funny how the subject of one of my Bad Fiction Spotlights violates all but one of those rules.

    1: Besides there being no real ‘characters’ in the story, the equipment is all from the wishlist of the author as he wanted it to be, without the would-be counters to said technology.
    2: Again, the characterization is really poor, comes across as forced and stilted when attempted at all, and fails. The characters are in situations bad on paper, but never in practice.
    3: The big one (no pun intended). The setting is rigged blatantly to have the US Air Force be dominant and stay dominant. It’s so bad that it seems like a completely unironic version of the legendary satire One Punch Man. Whether it’s an infodump monologue from the enemy about how inferior their weapons are, or the narrator saying “it really wasn’t fair” in a “””battle”””, its a squash match to the core.
    4: The only conflict is between one-dimensional heroes and straw antagonists, many of which are historical figures the author and readers didn’t like.
    5: This is the one rule it “follows”. The consequences of failure are theoretically high, but you know they’re never achieved in practice.

    Technothrillers don’t exactly have the best record of being evenly matched gritty tales, but even many of the star-spangled ones at least try to add tension rather than remove it. This one, well, see above.

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    • Kris P.

      August 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      That’s such a shame! If there’s no tension or conflict in the story, then… well, there’s no story, is there? As readers, we need that tension to stay invested, to actually care about the readers and the plot. Otherwise we learn nothing from the story, and I think that’s a big reason as to why we read — to form new thoughts and feelings for ourselves and the world around us.



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