Quotes: Willing Suspension of Disbelief
"Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't."
"We are all quite capable of believing in anything as long as it's improbable."
[The story-maker] makes a Secondary World which your mind can enter. Inside it, what he relates is "true;" it accords with the laws of that world. You therefore believe it, while you are, as it were, inside. The moment disbelief arises, the spell is broken; the magic, or rather art, has failed. You are then out in the Primary World again, looking at the little abortive Secondary World from outside.
It's just you and the audience - hundreds of people - and you've got just one chance,
just once chance, to convince them that it's real. There's a magic moment where you can make them believe
anything because they already want to. They're there and ready and you just have to take them the
rest of the way.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
How can a woods contain a forest? Suspension of disbelief, that's how.
It was agreed that my endeavours should be directed to persons and characters supernatural, or at least romantic; yet so as to translate our inward nature a human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procedure for these shadows of imagination willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.
— William Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria
Hard Rain is one of those movies that never convince you their stories are actually happening. From beginning to end, I was acutely aware of actors being paid to stand in cold water
"I was sitting here thinking of how improbable it was that there would be a liquid that you could inject into someone that could permanently rearrange their genetic structure in a matter of seconds. Then, just as I was thinking 'dude, you’re being ridiculous, there is a person in this movie who can control the weather with her mind and you’re willing to accept that,' we get to the part where Angel’s dad buys Alcatraz and turns it into a science lab. Congratulations,
X-Men 3: You have found the definitive line between what I’ll accept and what is bat-sh** crazy nonsense."
At a certain point, it's just a deal between the director and the audience where he basically pauses the movie and says, "Look, if you want to see some more cool action scenes, just initial here that it's OK that the alien computers run on MacOS for some reason." And you go, "OK," and he goes back to blowing things up for you.
Nor need their strange worlds, when we get there, be at all tied to scientific probabilities. It is the wonder, or beauty, or suggestiveness that matters. When I myself put canals on Mars, I believe I already knew that telescopes had dissipated that old optical illusion. The point was that they were part of the Martian myth as it existed in the common mind.
"What do you know?! Haven't you heard of suspension of disbelief?"
I know you’re meant to suspend your disbelief in a horror film about what is survivable and for how long, but watching a man with a gushing head wound – i.e.
a knife straight into the brain – stumble around for a while and still have the mental capacity to utter "fuck you Bruce Willis" before he falls down dead is the point where I say "fuck you movie."
There’s a difference between suspension of disbelief and hanging it by the neck 'till dead, and Wolf is getting perilously close to the latter.
— Klytus Soothsayer, Blade Bunny forums