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  •  Something related we miss in modern fiction-- (10+ / 0-)

    which 19th century authors had a field day with-- is darkness. With candles, lanterns and fires supplying the only dim light, you could have your characters in a private conversation, completely unaware that their nemesis was sitting ten feet away from them.

    I actually did read a romance novel that went to town with the nearsightedness thing, probably taking Mr. Wodehouse's suggestion.

    -9.0, -8.3 "Remember, a writer writes. Always." --Throw Momma from the Train

    by SensibleShoes on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:25:20 PM PST

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    •  hmmmm (3+ / 0-)
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      Seems like you could set that up in modern fiction by staging a convenient blackout.  Apparently after the big NYC blackout in the 1960s, there was quite a baby boom (although that's a different sort of fiction, probably, lol)...

      Still, bad weather can cause widespread blackouts & that might be a way to play with the whole idea.  Somebody nearsighted stuck without glasses during a blackout...hmmm.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 10:24:38 PM PST

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