amazed the world in 1905 when he published his paper on special relativity
, which predicted - among other things - that time was, indeed, relative.
The writers, however, were left unimpressed, because they have been familiar with a similar principle for ages untold: for you see, it is a trivial matter to derive from the Theory of Narrative Causality
that - just as things happen because the plot damn well needs them to - they also happen when
it is convenient for the story.
This phenomenon is known as Plot Time
, and it crops up in a lot of Tropes
, such as:
Not to be confused with Time Travel Tropes
, though the two do frequently cooperate. Compare 24-Hour Trope Clock
, for how times are used in plots.