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Extreme annoyance

April 6th, 2010 (10:54 am)

I have absolutely no problem with the opening of a story in media res.

It's a classic story telling trope for the tale to start with our heroes in deep, deep fecal matter, and for you the reader, to have no idea a)how they got there, and b)how they're going to get out. It keeps the intrigue high, there's a certain amount of satisfaction as you continue reading on through the story and see everything dropping into place, and if you do the cliffhanger well, keeping everyone on the edge of their seats as you go.

Where I do have a problem is where the in media res chapter (complete with cliffhanger!) turns out eventually to be the last chapter of a story.

That the entire story has been building up to this point, that the climax of the story just before this turns out to have nothing at all to do with the in media res chapter, and that it's all going to be resolved (probably) in a brand new story. That pisses me off.

And to make matters worse, I'm not talking about a fic here. I'm talking about an actual published book. So pissed off. So very, very pissed off.


Posted by: foxfire74 (foxfire74)
Posted at: April 6th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)

So which book is it, so I can call for the immediate tarring-and-feathering of the author?

...also, is it bad that thanks to the post title I have been reading it in Mass Effect elcor voice?

Posted by: Speaker-to-Customers (speakr2customrs)
Posted at: April 6th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)

Don't tell me; it's 'The Fellowship of the Ring'. Or else 'The Two Towers'.

Edited at 2010-04-06 12:13 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Quinara (quinara)
Posted at: April 6th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
Skins Cassie sun

I had a similar issue with The Subtle Knife. The Amber Spyglass took too long!!

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: April 6th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)

Obvious stupid question - you sure this isn't one of those "In our next book" so-called bonus chapters?

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