Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…
Regardless of the media, when it comes to stories, do you prefer those that are perfectly sequential in their writing, such as the seven original Harry Potter books or Frank Herbert’s Dune series, or do you find stories that skip around in the timeline, such as the nine central Star Wars films to be more entertaining?
I’m a chronological order kind of a guy. That’s just the way my mind works. I prefer stories that happen sequentially. At least when it comes to visual media, like movies or television shows. Shows like “This Is Us,” where the story line can be in the present, can skip back a few decades, or occasionally even jumps forward into the future, irritate me. But my wife loves that show and she thinks such out of sequence timelines irritate me because they confuse my addled mind. But that’s a whole nuther story.
There are exceptions, though, such as when the the main premise of the story is time travel. And I don’t mind it so much in books, especially when the author makes it clear that we’ve been transported to another time.
As to Dune and Star Wars specifically, I got tired of Dune after the forth book and I only saw the first three Star Wars movies anyway. With respect to Harry Potter, I read the first book and saw the first movie and then lost interest.