Contradictions are the stuff of conflict. Contradictions between
- characters’ words and actions,
- what characters say to different people and/or at different times,
- what characters do at different times or in different circumstances, or
- the responses of different characters to the same stimulus
all increase a reader’s tension and interest in the story.
At least so long as the contradictions are intentional on the author’s part.
If they’re not, that could be a problem. Or an unintended or unexpected opportunity. Your job as a reviewer is to not only spot the contradictions, but to evaluate them for effect, motivation, and intent.
Intentional or Unintentional
The first thing you need to assess...Read More