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Idiot Plots

My friend Ty talks about books or movies that rely on the “Idiot Plot”.  That’s the plot where the book or the movie would end in the fourth chapter or the first twenty minutes if the characters would just _Talk To Each Other_!

We, rightly, scorn such plots, but then I got to wondering if there’s a place where it’s ever been done well?  Sage Walker came up with an example — the entire Niccolo saga.  If Jordan and Niccolo would ever have talked everything would have been resolved.  But the books, all 8 of them, are brilliant.

Like anything in the hands of a master dross can become gold.

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