‘How to Ruin a Fantasy’ (2014)

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Just as merely destroying the dining room can ruin a do-it-yourself magic trick, there are just as simple ways to ruin a fantasy.

How to Ruin a Fantasy

Among many effective methods is the trick of repeatedly dragging the fantasy story back into the drearier aspects of what we generally think of as the “real world.” In the very worst example of that that I ever saw, the Elf turns to the Dwarf and says, “We must learn to respect a diversity of lifestyles.” I happen to know the author who wrote that. He’s a good guy. Otherwise he’d have to be put to sleep or something.

Having the characters in your fancy talk like modern teens’ text messages is guaranteed to ruin your fantasy. You’d be better off writing it in Rongo-Rongo script. Then at least we could maintain the untestable possibility that it might be good.

6 comments on “‘How to Ruin a Fantasy’ (2014)

  1. Using trendy expressions of the day are the perfect way to ruin pretty much anything. Snow White and the Septet of Little People would never be timeless. The CBC “reimagining” of Anne of Green Gables was a perfect example with early 20th Century characters using early 21st Century phrases and attitudes. The charm of the original was completely gutted.

    1. Rongo-Rongo was the writing system used by the Easter Islanders before their culture collapsed. No one knows how to read it anymore.

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