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Mesg #90637 "RE: suspension of disbelief"
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Date Fri Mar-30-12 04:43 PM
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To simplify the points others have made even more: suspension of disbelief is the point at which the reader says "I'll buy it"

They may not be fully immersed in the world or completely agree with the rationale for everything that happens, but they are willing to accept the plot point or setup or character arc or whatever other element the writer is trying to "sell."

So with that said, I do want to make the point that suspension of disbelief isn't only about thorough worldbuilding and airtight plotting. It's an outcome of those things as well as all the other things like character development and style and story structure. Reader belief, or a better term might be reader acceptance, comes from how well the story works as a whole.

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suspension of disbelief [View all] , Weird Jim, Sun Mar-25-12 05:58 PM
  RE: suspension of disbelief, Linda Adams, Mar 25th 2012, #1
RE: suspension of disbelief, Justinvs, Mar 25th 2012, #2
RE: suspension of disbelief, CatrinP, Mar 26th 2012, #3
RE: suspension of disbelief, junedrexler, Mar 27th 2012, #4
RE: suspension of disbelief, RavenCorbie, Mar 29th 2012, #5
RE: suspension of disbelief, mooseythehut, Mar 30th 2012 #6

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