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Deus Ex Machina

Discussion in 'Creative Zone' started by Wizard, Feb 7, 2016.

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  1. Wizard

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    "an unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation, especially as a contrived plot device in a play or novel."

    I recently read a book that was pretty good until the end, when it pulled this crap on me. As my freshman English teacher put it, "Deus Ex Machina is the worst way to end a story." I pretty much agree 100% agree with this.

    What do you think of Deus Ex Machina? Have you ever used Deus Ex Machina while writing? Do you consider it sinful to use it?
     
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    I think there are times when the Dues Ex Machina can be used well, but it's not very often. In fact, I'd say it's very rare. I personally avoid using it because it seems to be almost an easy way out of solving the problems of the story, which I detest. I doubt I will ever find a good reason for using a Dues Ex Machina, but if I did somehow, I'd be okay using it.
     
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    Deus Ex Machina means God from the Machine. It is almost always a terrible way to end a story I agree. My creative writing teacher told me that the only way it can be even partially successful is if the main character builds the machine themselves. Story is about struggle, and if "a powerful force saves everyone" well, it kind of negates any growth. I have used this in a unfinished novel (unfinished when I realized I was doing that) and it made everything weaker. Sadly at the time I thought I had finally solved my problem, but after writing a little bit and then coming back after learning about Deus Ex, I realized I had made something very weak. Still haven't solved that problem, probably requires a change somewhere else.
     
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