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Old September 12 2013, 03:58 PM   #18
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Re: Question About "The Chimes at Midnight"

In general, this is one of the problems with alternate timelines from a dramatic standpoint. So many stories are built around the idea of the heroes' unique skills or attributes enabling them to surmount impossible odds, the idea that if the protagonists hadn't been in the right place at the right time, all would've been lost. It kind of undermines that if you reveal that in an alternate reality where your hero never existed, the world still turned out pretty much the exact same way.
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