Saturday, July 28, 2012

It ain't real syndrome

Often in books of magic, it's explained that normal people will come up with the most amazing excuses to deny its existence. I've decided to call this the "it ain't real syndrome" and keep track of where I find it in novels.

(My theory is that it's a common theme because magic is real, and many people don't like to acknowledge it. Perhaps including the writers who use the "it ain't real" syndrome in their novels.)

The following from Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Butcher, and it is Harry's explanation to Will of how she'll forget about the magic she's seen.

"And because everyone knows that there's no such thing as magic, when you actually see it happening, that's your response. You don't know what you just saw because it obviously can't be what it looked like, since that's impossible. By this time tomorrow you won't be completely certain that you clearly remember any of it. A few weeks after that, you'll wonder if your fear caused your mind to exaggerate some of the details. And a few years from now, you'll be sure that you were so scared that you just imagined all of the parts you can't explain."

Yep, fear will explain anything weird that you saw.

3 comments:

Toriz said...

I've seen a lot of that. I even saw something similar to it in a children's book I was reading recently called "Bogamus The Troll" - people failed to really see Bogamus because "trolls don't exist, and since they don't exist, there obviously isn't a troll."

It's amusing the explanations people come up with for strange things just so they don't have to admit something exists that they don't think can or should.

Sarita Rucker said...

Sounds typical. :) I may have to read that book just to write about it here.

Toriz said...

It's a relatively short one, and available to download free on Smashwords if you want to read it.

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