There is something that really bothers me when I come across it in fiction. It’s a little thing, but seems to crop up more and more, especially in longer series. I’ll admit that the problem happens less in novels and more in movies or television series. But when I see it, it just winds me up.
Narrative Inconsistency. It bugs the heck out of me when the writers just forget what has come before.
I realize that in some series that the stories have gone so long (and there have been so many writers) there is no possible way for every detail to be remembered, but what about movies? When there are only 3 or 4 earlier ‘episodes’ how hard it is to watch them and not screw things up?
Really hard, it appears.
To point out what I mean, I’m going to draw attention to the recent Terminator: Salvation movie. I saw this while visiting the Old Country, and though it was all right (because I basically wanted to watch man vs machine sci-fi) there were some departures from the previous mythos that were both annoying and, even worse, unnecessary.
Spoilers below for those who care…