Musing Mondays – Improbable

Two weeks’ worth of Musing Mondays, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading:

Last week’s Musing Mondays: Do you care if the book’s storyline is unrealistic? Will you keep reading, or will you set the book aside?

Unrealistic storyline is not something that has caused me to put a book aside yet – it’s always poor writing or poor characters that have done that so far.

Having said that, I couldn’t stand the magical realism in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Hundred Years of Solitude. When plotlines are no longer possible in the real world, then I can’t suspend my disbelief any more.

An exception to this rule would be the Harry Potter books, which I’ve had no trouble with. I think if there is a feasible world constructed, with valid gravitational and temporal laws, I can accept that. I’m not willing to accept someone taking liberties with the world I live in.

As far as far-fetched plotlines go – I read a lot of Clive Cussler, David Baldacci etc – I even read all the Dan Brown books in my pre-blogging days. Apart from one issue with The Covenant of Genesis where it really did go too far, I never have a problem with the improbability of these plot lines, and they normally keep me glued to the book.

This week’s Musing Mondays: Do you ever find scenes from previous books you’ve read popping into your head at random times? If so, does it bother you? If it doesn’t happen to you, why do you think that is?

Not something I’ve ever really thought about happening… and now that I do think about it, I can’t say it’s happened. I often think of a book I read recently, but it’s usually in more general terms. Sometimes a scene will come to me if I’m talking to someone (especially The Resident Cousin) and trying to illustrate a point; novels tend to pop up with debate support material at convenient times.

This might be because I’m a very fast reader and it is images and clever words that stay with me after I’ve finished a book rather than whole scenes. A book often continues to swim around in my head for a day or two after I’ve written the review, but after that it’s gone.

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One thought on “Musing Mondays – Improbable

  1. "Confuzzled" Shannon 10 May 2011 at 9:18 am Reply

    I agree with that some fantasy is exceptional like Harry Potter but I feel this way even with some spiritual fiction/inspiration books.

    I get scenes of book stuck in my head all the time… like a bad song ;->

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