What he said. The "acceptable" in Acceptable Breaks from Reality
is not a value judgement; it is a statement of fact that in certain genres, ignoring certain aspects of realism is required in order to create a workable story.
For example, Space Opera
nearly always has to have FTL Travel
and corresponding Space Is an Ocean
lest we be treated to boring years-long journeys between even the nearest stars. It's not a matter of liking
it; if you fail to accept FTL Travel
as an underlying premise, you are going to miss out on entire libraries full of sci-fi works.
It's very closely related to Anthropic Principle
, which says that calling the superhero genre unrealistic because it has super-powered heroes is completely missing the point
edited 2nd May '12 1:24:57 PM by Fighteer