Plot Preassumption is everything that happened before the story begins. Every story has a predetermined period of time where its story telling occurs. In a movie, for example, that means from the moment the movie starts until it ends; for a book this includes everything from the first to the last page. Any event or fact that is referenced inside this period, but happened before that, or was established before that, is a preassumption to the plot. No matter how insane, unreal or magical a preassumption is, it is usually assumed by the main characters to be true. But even on instances where the validity of preassumptions is questioned by characters, they do not have the ability to alter the main plot or the end result of the story. The main plot usually does not deviate from these pre-established facts during the story telling. When such a thing happens, the plot is considered to be inconsistent, leading to the possible creation of Plot Holes. On rare occasions, a good story will invalidate plot preassumptions in order to reveal a great turn of events, showing viewers that they were fooled into thinking something was true, when in fact it wasn't.
Be CarefulA Plot Pivot Point cannot be inside the preassumption. For all intents and purposes of this type of analysis, preassumptions cannot be changed, and cannot alter the course of the plot during the story telling. They are considered to be preestablished facts or events prior to the current period when the story happens.
Examples of Plot Preassumptions
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