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Technological temporal displacement is ANNOYING
Feb. 3rd, 2011 @ 01:47 pm
A new pet peeve has finally solidified in my mind: Technological temporal displacement in urban/paranormal fantasy and some scifi.
I.e., when a novel came out in 2006, but it's P.I. main character has a pager and a modem. I'm like, "What? What ficken year is it??? 1999?"
It matters, oh authors! If the tech in your book doesn't match the tech common the year your book comes out, please actually STATE what year your novel is set in in the text of the novel. I don't care if there are vampires running around, that pager throws me out of the story and makes me question everything you wrote. WHEN is this story? Where are their CELL PHONES?? OMG, SO ANNOYING.
I don't suppose you're talking about the Greywalker books are you? If you are there is a reason for that. The author wrote the first book in 1999 but didn't get a contract for it until 2005ish. She does modernize the character in the second book, but yes it is annoying and very distracting.
LOL, yes, that is what I'm reading currently. But I've had this same problem several times before, so it's not an isolated incident.
I do wish she had adjusted it in re-writes to state what year it is (1999) or updated it to the mid-2000s at least!
I'm listening to the audiobook, so that makes it doubly worse in some ways. We'll see if I can get past it now and actually enjoy the story. The premise is cool. :]
Now you've got me curious as to what book(s) solidified this pet peeve of yours.... ^_^
It's Graywalker by Kat Richardson, which Jackalope above says WAS written in 1999, and not picked up till 2005. Which is fine! As long as the author and editor work to either update the text, or solidly set it in 1999. They didn't.
I've just started the book, so can't say if I'll enjoy the rest of it yet or not. :]
But this really isn't the only book I've had this problem with. I haven't been able to read Connie Willis's first book, because it's supposed to be the future, but the technology and some attitudes are just so dated I can't get past it. (Why is he sitting by the phone??)
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