suspend disbelief


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suspend disbelief

To accept as plausible something one knows to be untrue, especially the setting and plot of a drama or fiction so as to allow the appreciation of art.
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It would be only sensible to recognise a doubt, but this is the horse who makes us suspend disbelief.
The Hollow Crown (BBC2, 8pm) This is one of the better adaptations of Shakespeare - TV directors tend to have a tough time because they can't suspend disbelief in the same way a theatre can.
You become willing to suspend disbelief and to have a go.
To say that the incredible tale requires the reader's willingness to suspend disbelief is a bit of an understatement.
The two main protagonists played by Muna Fairooz and Abdulla Saad actually manage to make us suspend disbelief and accept that they really are youngsters growing up in the lanes of Manama or Muharraq.
Some attention to continuity wouldn't go amiss, but I supposed if you can suspend disbelief for long enough to accept there are dragons .
But the reality is that Lila and the characters she meets, from stereotypical surfer dude Kody to mysterious market plant man David Exley and surreal laundromat owner Armand, are not credible and the reader has to suspend disbelief when the plants' magical properties come to life.
On the positive side, the ability suspend disbelief is part of the enjoyment of art and many leisure activities.
If you're happy to suspend disbelief and switch off, there's plenty here.
Pieces of concrete could never be pub regulars, but some jests demand that we suspend disbelief.
Where the novel does become problematic is in the author's expectation that the reader will suspend disbelief and gloss over holes in the story that just don't make sense.
In a plot twist that required viewers to suspend disbelief, writers made his death and the entire 1985-86 season, a really bad dream.
It is also beautifully acted, with Claire Price able to bring such an immediate flesh-and-blood presence to Ellida that it becomes easier to suspend disbelief.
Today we can suspend disbelief when watching Sean Hayes on 'Will and Grace' and not question his personal lifestyle and 'Vivy' has the same potential to destigmatize Cancer and bring the message of adult survivorship into millions of households.