Truthful Tuesday — Time is of the Essence

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.

8 thoughts on “Truthful Tuesday — Time is of the Essence

  1. JT Twissel June 22, 2021 / 12:13 pm

    It all depends on the story for me. I agree with you about This is Us.

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  2. Marleen June 22, 2021 / 12:37 pm

    I got a little disoriented or disinterested with the time jumps in “This is Us” (which my oldest son and his wife enjoy together) and “Who Killed Sara?” I ended up not watching “This is Us” after trying to keep up and be on topic. Couldn’t really do it with enough enjoyment, although I gained some appreciation for new actors in it. I have stuck with “Who Killed Sara?” (which isn’t a “nice” story at all) — will welcome the new season. Don’t know if it will sustain interest, yet… can I continue to overcome my renewed confusion when they go back in time and I have to sort out who is who?

    Now, as for the solid US-based western “Yellowstone” — somehow, that show has not put me off into a lot of mental effort when looking to the past. Meanwhile, the story about Sara [adapted from another language] and her death additionally started to give me a similar sense that I get with JJ Abrams’ work a lot of the time (not that this one or any of these shows I’m mentioning are affiliated with JJ); the line of logic and sense gets a bit chaotic (just, I think, to keep the content coming in order* to produce episodes or footage… which is associated with getting paid).

    * I am willing to reconsider this perspective I’ve had. Perhaps actual efforts to solve crime and so forth would have a feel of too much hodge-podge also in real life; maybe that’s why we don’t solve a lot of criminal behavior culturally. I have had some real-life experience in the last {over} two months in this area but on a lighter level. In making a record of an auto accident my mother was in, the officer who showed up clearly Judy wanted to get his “job” done (the job being about filing papers and not getting to the facts). If someone could be blamed, it didn’t matter what anyone else did too.

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  3. pensitivity101 June 22, 2021 / 1:00 pm

    Only saw Dune the movie, the same three Star wars as you, and never read a Harry Potter book, only seeing the first film which didn’t interest me.

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  4. Sadje June 22, 2021 / 5:05 pm

    The prequels of Star Wars weren’t up to much. And now we have Mandolrian, which is somewhere in the middle of the first and second batch of movies. Confusing to say the least.

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  5. Stine Writing June 22, 2021 / 8:09 pm

    I agree….I like things in order. I was not a Harry Potter fan. I had a friend who listened to the audiobooks over and over. I never got past just a few pages though

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