I want to take a moment to begin a discussion on believability.
Here’s the deal: Roald Dahl books are not believable. They are high-fantasy, “who in their right mind could have thought of this stuff?” wonderful-beyond-imagination books. Am I right? I think most would agree. When I sat down to read James and the Giant Peach, I finished it in less than 2 hours but felt as if it took ten minutes to read it because I was so caught up in this giant peach and its inhabitants. After I finished and put the book down I thought to myself, “That is just a crazy story. Who would honestly believe that could happen?” But I want to ask you, my readers, DOES IT MATTER?
I know that some of you like to stick to contemporary or realistic fiction. Some of you like high fantasy or paranormal. Some of you prefer dystopian novels. I value each and every one of your opinions and now is your time to shine. I truly want to know if it matters to you whether the story you are reading is believable. Make this post your sounding board, my friends.
James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl
Originally published in 1961