Thursday, October 14, 2010

Parallel Storylines

Why is it that in a novel which has multiple parallel story lines, only one is ever interesting. Is this a known device used by authors to camouflage uninteresting parts within interesting ones? Is it a compare and contrast thing where the interesting story appears interesting only in comparison to the boring ones? Or is it the inherent nature of the human mind which when presented with multiple options must automatically compare and rank them according to some unfathomable criterion?

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