From Falcon Pain above, about the audience mistaking a character mistake for an author mistake: I recall that Marion Zimmer Bradley famously had a personal writing requirement that, for instance, for a wizard to be a wizard, they must do something wizardly, not just be called a wizard by other characters. I understand her point completely, but upon the rerelease of the Star Wars films, she stated that George Lucas made the mistake of calling Ben Kenobi a wizard when he was in fact a Jedi. My thought, on reading this, was that Lucas hadn't called Ben Kenobi a wizard, Owen Lars called him a wizard, and thus was displaying his ignorance. So yeah, character mistake.
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