thread: 2008-04-09 : Rules vs Vigorous Creative Agreement

On 2008-04-12, Piers wrote:

In my head I'm translating "unwelcome" as "something we would have chosen," either collectively or individually, implicitly adding "unexpected" to the mix.

That covers a lot of ground, from choosing situation with the Oracle in In a Wicked Age, which is about arbitrariness ("We wouldn't have chosen that, because why should we chose that instead of something else"), to the story that Brand tells about Dogs ("We didn't want that to happen").

I think part of what is important is that ideally are a mixture of both unexpected and unwelcome—they surprise and move us, which is part of what both good fiction and the world do.


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