Changing fiction for dramatic effect

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 30 23:43:43 UTC 2014

On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 6:22 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

> What interested me is the implied reading that some *fictional*
> events needed dramatic improvement.  They could have written them as
> sufficiently improved dramatically in the first place.  Or at the
> very least improved them at some time between the first
> screenwriters' product and the release without needing a disclaimer
> to the viewer.

Especially when the disclaimer makes no sense. "... are _fictitious_ and
have been changed for dramatic effect." Changed into what? Into the truth?
After all, truth is stranger, hence more "dramatic," than fiction. so it is

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