by Mike Masnick
Mon, Jan 21st 2008 6:45pm
A few weeks ago, we pointed to an article claiming that modern technology was making it harder to write interesting "thriller" or "mystery" movie plots, since it was (according to the author) tougher to come up with plausible storylines that wouldn't be ruined by a character holding a mobile phone. That seemed like a bit of a stretch, but now we have the flipside to that, which is that authors of mystery stories claim that the web has been tremendously useful in helping them come up with important details to make their plots and stories more realistic. They track crime reports, learn new jargon, look up maps of locations, understand weapons and generally get the extra info they need to make the story feel more realistic. So, perhaps story writing hasn't been killed off by technology after all.
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