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Chekhov’s Dissonance

Observation: Chekhov’s gun is to fiction as cognitive dissonance is to life.

(The above probably needs to simmer for a while to reduce into something pithier, but I think the recipe is right.)

(Emerged from an extremely lengthy ramble about a larp game I played on the weekend, which the foolhardy among you can find here.)

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  1. Amanda Lyons | April 20, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Hey, I read your writing on the larp – fascinating! I’ve always wondered what it’s like to be involved in such a thing, and your analysis and relation of it to story writing is great and really thought-provoking. Hope the writing’s going well! 🙂

  2. morgue | April 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    You’ll have to play in something with me sometime…

  3. James McM | April 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I would have said Chekhov’s gun is dramatic consonance, as long as it gets fired. It’s dramatic dissonance if it doesn’t.

  4. morgue | April 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    That sounds convincing. I just made up my terminology.

  5. James McM | April 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I made up mine too!

  6. morgue | April 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    🙂 in that case I think we have to start two rival schools of dramaturgical philosophy