Continuity, continuity, continuity: if there is anything that needs to be addressed by writers of books, screenplays, etc., it’s the dire need to pay attention to the fine details, and this is ESPECIALLY true of those of us who write in the science fiction and fantasy genres, where the readers are oftentimes the most exacting and demanding (and rightly so) of their authors to put together a plot that makes sense in the midst of an imaginary world that makes sense. No matter how far out there the concepts and the characters are, there still has to be (in addition to character development and a strong plot) the stable base of consistency which provides for the audience a sure footing in an alien world.
So when we as writers develop our details, establish our laws of physics and science (or lack thereof), and put together the what and the why of our characters’ motivations and actions, we MUST. BE. CONSCIOUS. OF. CONSISTENCY.
Because nobody likes to read a story (or watch one unfold on the silver screen or the television) in which the obvious is overlooked, or the decisions are made without a sense of logic, or where a previous plot point is countermanded by a neglected line uttered by the character which makes the audience members pull their hair out and shake their heads crying out “Are you really serious!?!?!?”
I stumbled across these guys a little while back, and have watched several of their videos. While some of their comments are off-hand roasts or inside jokes (note the “Doctor Who” reference in the video review of Oculus), others are good criticisms of inconsistencies in plot, setting, dialogue, etc., that kill the suspension of disbelief. If you are a writer, I STRONGLY suggest watching their videos and taking note of some of the things they address, as they have more than once nailed movies for writing mistakes that could have been avoided with a little bit of thought and logic.
I appreciate these guys for doing this stuff, even if some of my movies do end up losing a bit of their lustre (I REFUSE to watch their analysis of The Avengers, though).
So watch and enjoy. And keep on enjoying my published works as well. Let me know your thoughts!
See you in the Vein!