The Law of Convenience

I, while finishing the 7th and final book in the Harry Potter series, was thinking about the inexplicable nature of things which simply happen to be as they are and, thusly, make possible the entirely improbable. I have taken to calling this the Law of Convenience. Why, you might ask, would a simple literary technique to keep the plot moving along be worthy of being a ‘Law’?

Well, to put it simply I think it is greater than simply a literary technique. At time it is almost annoying in a good book that at the moment of tense contortion an estranged character simply pops out of no where, or a hither-to-unknown power expresses itself never to be heard of again.

However, as I thought about this more, I came to realize that–at least to some degree–this annoying habit occurs in the ‘real’ world, too. In the ‘real’, or ‘waking’ world, as some might call it, we rarely think it annoying when the Law of Convenience factors into the equation and *it* (whatever *it* may be) simply works. Be it the presence of much needed road assistance, the random 10 dollar bill found in a forgotten pocket, or the job offer that comes before you seek it: the trope is the same–improbable occurrence ‘x’ happens at crisis moment ‘y’ averting horrific outcome ‘z’.

This being said, I have two further observations:
1) I approve of the Harry Potter series, my one objection at this point is that it, like most things in this world, is finite.
2) I would very much appreciate the Law of Convenience to act a few times this coming week.

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~ by jeorgesmith on 30 July 2007.

One Response to “The Law of Convenience”

  1. It sounds as if you refer to the “Deus Ex Machina,” or “The God out of the machine” device.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deus_ex_machina

    And yeah, it’d be flippin’ sweet to have one of those in real life. ;)

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