Daystar and Alexander discuss the Rule of Cool trope, and how rational fiction tries to create organically cool moments without sacrificing the story’s integrity.
Co-hosted by http://alexanderwales.com/
With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected
0:40 What is the Rule of Cool? Is it inherently good or bad?
5:45 Swords vs Guns, Lightsabers, Waif-Fu
11:07 Why avoid it in Rational Fiction?
13:00 Ways to minimize negatives of Rule of Cool
19:20 Breaking the world
26:40 Is it better to fully explore an idea, or minimize its
role so as not to “cheat” the plot?
29:40 When to kill your darlings
34:15 When to run with the craziness
37:55 Recap of the three approaches to mitigating loss of coolness when rationalizing.