The 'Back to the Future' Clause

Its a real thing – well it is in my house, anyway. I like the ‘Back to the Future’ series of films but always seem to notice a plot hole with regard to time travel. Sometimes, our discussions can get so intricate and involved, that we stop concentrating on the film and forget to see it for what it is: entertainment. This is where the ‘Back to the Future’ clause came from. It can be invoked at any time by anybody, when someone starts pointing out unfeasible scenarios, mistakes or plot holes in something that is meant to be simply light-hearted entertainment rather than factual. My favourite has been when someone has had to invoke it during a children’s programme. “That would never have happened,” said my husband, during a cartoon.

I think this should apply in fiction, too. I know several authors who’ve been driven to distraction by readers pointing out that a book was rubbish, based on one word that “wouldn’t have been used in that era” or because they’ve mentioned a product that wasn’t available when the novel was set. I do admit to noticing things that don’t ring true in books, but take anything I read in fictitious works with a pinch of salt. If I want facts, I will consult an encyclopaedia or a known authority on the subject.

Speaking of facts, I have the outline of LWS but I can’t imagine that anyone will ever read it. I’m writing it for me, as I’m spending far too much time stuck in front of the TV dwelling on the fact I’m stuck in front of the TV. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t have a publishing contract for x amount of books – it was just the one, which only came to pass because it was one of the UA05 Competition winners. That leaves self-publishing, which can be expensive thus rules that option out. At least I can say that I was once an author and that my book sat on shelves with some real writers – that’s a pretty good thing to be able to claim, don’t you think?