This note about “accuracy” in fiction was posted by David Montgomery on DorothyL… it gave me a smile, so I thought I’d share it with you:
Something to remember when it comes to truth in fiction…
Montgomery’s Law # 7:
“Everyone is dissatisfied when the subject is their own area of expertise. But no one else cares.”
Lawyers get upset about legal inaccuracies on Law & Order.
Nurses & doctors get peeved by ER.
Cops laugh at NYPD Blue.
As for the rest of the audience, they neither know, nor do they care. Writers should be slaves to the plot, not to the “facts.”
You can find an expanded version of Montgomery’s Rule #7 on his blog… http://crimefiction.blogspot.com/2004/09/truth-in-fiction.html