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  • June 26, 2017

A Realistic Look

One world that gets thrown around a lot by “fans” concerning anything that is written, movies, books, tv, games, etc., is realistic. I’ve seen so many whine about that so many times that I think my eyes roll automatically now.

Firstly, anything that is written that isn’t based on a true story, and even then there is artistic license, is just that, it’s written. So unless you believe God, aliens or ants are writing our life for us, realistic just opened the window a crack.

Secondly, video games have a pause button. Movies have a pause button. TV you can rewind now or whatever. Books you can stop and pick up later. Meaning you can go take a pee break and come back to the same spot. See the clock? Time keeps ticking away. Oops, realistic just opened the window a tad more.

Thirdly, death. Painful, agonizing death. Oh, that isn’t so bad because we got to the checkpoint. Let’s start again. Oh, they can be brought back with an imaginary drug. Oh, they ascended and came back 10 times after clashing with the ancients. I think I just saw the window fully open.

Fourthly, chores. There aren’t any. Or at the very least very few. How many times do you go to the loo a day? Make something to eat? Dust? Fed the family? Exercise? Does anything you ever read that was remotely interesting ever tell you about every time they went to the bathroom in the course of the game, movie, book, etc.? Uh oh, realistic has one foot out the window now.

Fifthly, excitement. Isn’t it exciting to sleep, eat, crap, go to work, get stuck in traffic and go back to sleep? No? But isn’t it great to get shot and then be up five minutes later like it never happened, skipping all the Dr. mumbo jumbo and therapy needed? Yes? Damn, realistic just went out the window and is off heading for the hills.

I guess I have no need to go to six. Is sixthly even a word? WordPress says no. Realistic would bore anyone out of their mind. Certain aspects can be of course, but once it is written down, it ceases to be realistic, again unless based on exact events, and a product of an imagination. That isn’t even going into what imagination. As if you are writing from the viewpoint of a child then pink, fluffy, pirate elephants can be realistic.

Are you one to use realistic a lot? Am I being realistic about realistic?

Enjoy life, forget the strife.


Alex J. Cavanaugh

2017-06-26 00:30:21 Reply

My books involve alien races and space travel. Realistic? Not as far as I know.
And out of four books and numerous short stories, I don’t believe I have even one character go to the bathroom. Well, they are aliens. Maybe they have amazing bladder control…

    Pat Hatt

    2017-06-26 09:43:01 Reply

    lmao yeah, only have to go once a year, so no need to write it in. Although such a fact may be good to know.

Hilary Melton-Butcher

2017-06-26 07:03:18 Reply

Hi Pat – oh gosh … being realistic and not getting into any (or much) reality shows, or wasting time … necessities are there – the rest can be ignored … and can always be caught up later, if absolutely necessary. Have a focus … cheers Hilary

    Pat Hatt

    2017-06-26 09:43:34 Reply

    Yep, the necessities are key. The rest can be caught up or pfffft-ed away.


2017-06-26 13:07:11 Reply

What a great post! You are so right! But I love the word sixthly. Hey, my phone even let that one go without auto-correct!!! Ha ha! How’s that for reality?!?

    Pat Hatt

    2017-06-26 13:42:15 Reply

    haha a fun word indeed. I guess the phone agrees, screw reality.

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