Today my husband sent me a text suggesting we go see a movie. We love to go out to movies. Alas, the only thing we kinda-sorta wanted to see was "Oblivion." To say that there were a wee bet let down by the, uh, generous plot issues would be understating it. There are some interesting interpretations of what sort of knowledge the various characters would/should have, and though there's a mystery involved, the resolution of said mystery is... well...
Did I mention plot holes?
When basic knowledge is a problem in a narrative, I can't help but cringe. But sometimes, knowledge is the plot. And sometimes, knowledge isn't just the plot, it's deadly.
"Trying Too Hard," by Rebecca Gale
Time for the next story in Red. This is an anthology of five stories each inspired by a discarded red scarf spotted at the side of the road by the editor. The five tales all have this key piece to them, but vary in the tone of the execution.
"Trying Too Hard" brings us a society where information can be - and is - deadly. Too much of it acts like a toxin, and as a woman watches her fella slowly losing ground to some knowledge she can't share. This facet of the society the story creates is a fantastic trope, and it's done so damn well. The range of stories drawn from one red scarf? Very wide.