Exposition at 86%
August 25, 2011 2 Comments
I’m reading a novel by a top science fiction writer on my Kindle and hit an immense exposition dump. What threw me a bit out of the narrative flow was that the exposition seemed out of character (the voice sounded just like the three POV characters), was heavy dense paragraphs and while interesting it seemed to echo earlier exposition dumps.
So I looked down at the bottom of the Kindle screen at the progress bar that indicates how far into a book you are.
It said 86%.
Why is there a major exposition dump so close/during to the climax? Is this typical in SF and I just haven’t noticed before? The third act should be rolling at this point. You could consider this data dump a clue in a mystery given by a character who only dumps the exposition and exits stage dead.
I probably would not have happened upon this train of thought if I read this in dead tree format. I would have looked at the pages between then and the end and went ‘hmph’ and kept going.
Have you noticed that your reading experience has changed when using an e-reader?