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Quackcast 320 - Making the reader believe

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 25, 2017


In this Quackcast I wanted to talk about the magic of authorship: how the creator of a story sets up the whole situation so that they can convince the reader of anything. You can write a story about the smartest man in the world, and the reader will believe that they are, within the story, because you set it up that way: not just by having other characters reacting to them and forming that impression, but also independently convincing the audience of it as well by having them solving riddles and such or knowing lots of languages, quoting literary texts etc, but the creator doesn't have to be a very smart person themselves…
Like Sherlock Holmes is seen as super smart because he's meant to, but Arthur Conan Doyle wasn't a super genius himself.
You can write about a Casanova type charmer who's fantastic with the opposite sex and readers will believe, but only if you set the stage well enough.
You as the creator set the parameters for anything to happen. Without having certain abilities or skills yourself, you can create a character with totally convincing skills far outside of yourself.

The music for this week by Gunwallace is for The Gloom, it's creepy, ghostly, unsettling, uneven. This one gets under your skin and keeps you off-balance.

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Featured comic:
Slaughter at Camp Notamoovi -

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace -
Pitface -
Tantz Aerine -
Banes -

Featured music:
The Gloom -, by Avart, rated M.



ozoneocean at 11:44PM, April 25, 2017

That's probably due to the power of syndication and the financial muscle of their agents or management companies etc. As well as a legacy of popularity... I mean, why are batman and superman still the biggest superheroes? There are MUCHHHHHH better characters ad stories out there, bit those entrenched goons retain top spot.

Zaptoid56 at 9:53AM, April 25, 2017

What's more disturbing is that Beetle Baily..Blondie and Zits command the newspaper comic page. Constant repetition of story lines that have long faded away..yet the 'writer' makes big money. Sad....

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