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Suspension of disbelief

Suspension of disbelief

Suspension of disbelief refers to the willingness of a reader to accept the premises of a work of fiction. It also refers to the audience to overlook the limitations of a medium, so that it doesn’t interfere with the illusion.


To “suspend disbelief” is to temporarily accept as believable, what events or characters would ordinarily be seen as incredible, to allow the reader to appreciate works of literature which explore unusual ideas.


As stated in the “Worldbuilding” update: A writer must create a place where fantasy elements of a story are believable. A reader knows magic doesn’t exist, but is willing to believe what the writer is showing - “suspension of disbelief”.




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