Quotes / Acceptable Breaks from Reality

"Ultimately, the goal in writing good fiction isn't "accuracy", it's believability. The goal is to take the more fantastical elements and give them a sense of verisimilitude. For science fiction, scientific accuracy in anything not hand waved for the good of the story is a good start. If you want to preserve the sense of being real, you have to diverge as little as possible in your hand waving.

"Stromberg’s plan in The Spy Who Loved Me is to kidnap British and Russian submarines to start a war, why? Surely he’d be better off hunting American and Russian craft? Elliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies wants the story of the century about a war between China and the UK? Surely Britain is a little out of their league, here? A cynical person might call that inflated sense of importance a delusion, but that misses the key part of the trick... No nation in the world fears unilateral British military action, so Bond becomes a cute fantasy. If he were American, the connotations would be entirely different — the movies would be derided as puff and propaganda."

"We play more to the icon and the myth in this book than to facts, and so should you in your stories. In doing research, this book's writers have come up with some pretty sad details. You'll see Vincent the Chin staggering around the neighbourhood in his bathrobe, pretending to be insane. You'll see nepotism at its worst, with John Gotti Jr being handed the reins of the most visible crime family in the world. To hell with all this: this book accepts them as facts, but also sweeps their gravity under the rug. For the sake of the story, they still happened, but they're footnotes in the continuing legacy of Carlo Gambino, Joe Masseria, Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano, Sam Giancana, and all the rest. It's still an era of Frank Sinatra songs, Marlon Brando imagery, Mario Puzo bombast and governors shaking hands with dons. [...]
Yes, it's unrealistic, but it's an icon."

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