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Wait -- What?

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


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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