my friend was cold so I told her to stand in a corner
corners are 90 degrees
I had to lean back in my chair and stare out the window for several minutes because I am so done with this website.
reblogging again for that comment
A common rebuttal to people criticizing inaccurate portrayals of anything is “well it’s in a fantasy setting, you have magic and dragons, why are you complaining about inaccurate ____?”
It’s a silly rebuttal because it ignores the natural mechanics of suspended disbelief. Adding any fictional element to any universe only really works if it’s explained, either directly or implicitly through modifications to the fictional object’s scope of influence.
All elements in a well-developed universe, however fantastic, are still ‘realistic’ as long as there are no rational arguments against its existence. Magic exists in this world and we don’t know about it because it’s a secret kept from non-magic users. There are aliens in society but we don’t know about them because our memories are erased if we find out. A massive underground heterosexual white male fighting arena is unlikely, but there’s nothing to say it can’t happen.
Fictional stories successfully suspend disbelief when the framework of the universe has no evidence to the contrary of whatever fictional elements are present.
The reader consents to believing in whatever nonfictional elements are introduced, but if an unrealistic element isn’t explained in some way the reader will grow increasingly skeptical. The key is consistency: Nothing exists in a vacuum, so any fictional elements that are introduced have to either be modified to fit into the universe, or the universe has to be modified to fit this element.