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One of the oddities of slowly revealing an ongoing story (e.g., a webcomic) is that while you know what's going on in the background, the audience doesn't unless you give really broad clues. So every once in a while, members of the audience will make some guess that's just spectacularly wrong and then, having accepted their guess as fact, will keep wondering why you don't put in more things that support their guess.

"We all know that Voldemort is really Harry's father, why doesn't she do more with that storyline?"

This puts me in the awkward position of not knowing whether it would be better to come out and tell the reader that they've completely got the wrong end of the stick, or to just let them go on wondering why the story doesn't do what they want it to.

Unlike the deliberate vagueness of the Drezzer/Conrad flirtations, this particular item is not an obvious conclusion to come to ... in fact the only oblique mention of it was put in deliberately to highlight its implausibility. So I'm amused by somewhat boggled by the particular readers' fixation on it.

-The Gneech


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Jan. 9th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
I still pretend that there's actually much more to Vince's Kim Greenwald than he showed us. :)
Jan. 9th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
Reminds me a bit of "Peanuts" comic strip:

"Look, Linus! It's a rare Brazilian butterfly! These butterflies make the daring flight up here every year then turn around and fly home again."

"That's not a butterfly, it's a potato chip!"

"You're right! I wonder how it got all the way up here from Brazil?"
Jan. 9th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yes. :)

Jan. 9th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
Voldermort's actually Ramses' father? Hrm. Oh well, nothing you can really do to protect yourself against that, except to wear a tin foil hat. Not sure how that helps but it'll make them less likely to want to tell you their strange theories. ;)

Jan. 9th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Voldermort's actually Ramses' father?

You wouldn't believe how expensive the licensing fee was to use him!

Jan. 9th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)

If the in-strip "highlight" of "implausibility" predates the reader's inital recorded jump to the wrong conclusion, then just sit back content in the certain knowledge that, once the reveal comes, s/he's screwed.

Jan. 9th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
taking a wild shot in the dark with a blind fold on and all that but I'm going to assume this: some people have some very odd ideas about Ramses that while it might be an amusing thing for the character really is never going to happen...
Jan. 9th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
It's generally not a source of amusement for me, but a rather distinct honor. Even when they're wrong, it's a gold star by my name for the day under "Storytelling Abilities". If they're interested enough in what you write to conjecture about it, you've got a captivated (captive?) audience. And you may never know how many of your webcomic-creating brethren and sistren would give their (insert portion of anatomy you value most) to have that...
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