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.)

6 thoughts on “Chekhov’s Dissonance”

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

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

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