In every book you’ve ever read, there will be quite a few random coincidences. In fact, most plots are made of a bunch of things that happened just so … things that might not have happened in real life. That probably wouldn’t have.
And it kind of bothers me when people criticize that.
Ok, Kell, where did this random statement come from?
It came from reading a review of Julie Klassen’s A Girl at the Gatehouse on Amazon. It was helpful and the reviewer* made an interesting point. In A Girl at the Gatehouse, there are quite a few things that happened that “made the plot feel really forced,” such as, “The lover who jilted her JUST HAPPENS to be the betrothed of the woman the sea Captain wants to marry. What a small world.”
I realize that what he/she said was probably true. That is a stretch. But are stretches OK?
Frankly, my dear, I’m not 100% sure myself! It just recently started thinking about it myself. Is it all right for characters to meet by chance? Is it all right for everything to fall into place as it probably wouldn’t (but perhaps might) in real life?
In my opinion, it is.
To quote Albert Einstein, coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. 😀
And that’s all I’ve got to say, other than:
Yeah. That’s what you get when you Google image “coincidence.” 😛
Hope y’all had a Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s not exactly my favorite holiday … because I’m lame at giving gifts … and even lamer at receiving them … and we actually celebrated it on Thursday and Friday because those are the days we meet with our homeschool co-op. 😀
“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whosoever believes in him will not parish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” ❤
*I am not in any way criticizing said Amazon user’s review. Please don’t take it like that. The review just made me think … which is a good thing! 🙂