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QUACKCAST 519 - Infodump

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 23, 2021

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In the year 2020, the world had been devastated by a global pandemic, life had changed forever… It's 2021 and our 4 unlikely heroes have banded together, a topic borrowed from the wise and gracious Emma Clare…
My fave “infodump” in fiction is the narration by Nicholas Cage in Raising Arizona. My least fave is the massive long description of fish and how submarine equipment works in 10,000 leagues under the sea by Jules Verne (the novel).
What are you most fave and least fave infodumps?

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Tera Forming: Yacht rocking into the dreamy sunset, over slowly rolling waves waves of heavy liquid gold and pink, sailing into an unlikely sunset. Rough waters ahead, choppy seas and changing breezes, where will it all lead?

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EssayBee at 10:40AM, Feb. 24, 2021

Gunwallace--Very true. I skimmed over a lot of those chapters to the point of just checking that nothing plotwise was happening. Fortunately the rest of the book is good, but it does make me wish for "A Good Parts Edition" like with William Goldman's novel "The Princess Bride," an "abridged" version of the (fictional) original book by (fictional) S. Morgenstern. (Granted, books like Moby Dick and some of the dreadful literary criticism I've read made Goldman's book all the more hilarious to me.)

Gunwallace at 11:59PM, Feb. 23, 2021

Yeah, but Melville's are almost soul destroying to get through.

Ozoneocean at 4:53PM, Feb. 23, 2021

Verne used had dumps too... Personally I don't think it was stylistic, I think it was just what they did at the time.

EssayBee at 10:30AM, Feb. 23, 2021

Talking about info dumps in literature, can't overlook the technical, info-dump chapters in Moby Dick. (I think one of my lit profs called them shanty chapters.) According to some criticism, Melville interspersed these "low" slow, information-driven chapters into the "high" dramatic narrative chapters to stylistically create an ebb-and-flow feeling to the middle of the book, in essence simulating the waves of the sea in a narrative sense. So there can be a deliberate, stylistic reason for info dumps. (Granted Melville's technique really kills the dramatic pacing of the story at points.)

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