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Old 03-13-2019, 04:03 AM   #1
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Is this level of historical inaccuracy acceptable?

I'm writing a story set in the 1840s/1850s, and I need one of the characters to use dynamite. However, dynamite wasn't invented until about 20 years later. I did some research and there were other kinds of explosives in existence then, but none of them would be capable of the destruction I want to depict. So I've got two choices, either use a tool that wasn't invented yet, or exaggerate the capabilities of another tool. Which is more acceptable?
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:45 AM   #2
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Can't you just increase the quantity of that explosive?
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:09 AM   #3
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Can't you just increase the quantity of that explosive?
Problem is that you would need a ridiculous amount of that explosive to do the same job as a barrel of dynamite would.
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:22 AM   #4
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I'd go with the dynamite. If people know - or google & find out - that it's historically inaccurate, they'll love feeling smarter than you. And that's going to be a small minority.
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Old 03-13-2019, 11:48 AM   #5
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You're worried about a film being historically/scientifically accurate? If every filmmaker felt the way there would be very few entertaining action/adventure films.
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Old 03-13-2019, 12:59 PM   #6
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It may depend on context. Are you blowing up caves, or soldiers?

Dynamite was invented by Nobel. He was appalled it was used in warfare so he used his fortune from the patents to promote peace including Nobel Peace Prizes. So there is an important history here when it comes to war and peace and the Nobel Peace Prize still exists today.

Can you give us more context?
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Old 03-13-2019, 03:12 PM   #7
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What is the alternative explosive you're considering exaggerating ?
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TNT was also later, I would assume it is black powder, sometimes put in a keg. You could definitely exaggerate what a powder keg could do.
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You could also use nitroglycerin, it was just so sensitive if someone sneezed the place could go up. Dynamite put it into a stable package. But that could make for some interesting scenes.
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That's true...I t was invented in 1847....just when you're story takes place.
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Old 03-13-2019, 03:58 PM   #11
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You're worried about a film being historically/scientifically accurate? If every filmmaker felt the way there would be very few entertaining action/adventure films.
What you said might be true but...

A good filmmaker treats his audience as intelligent.
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It's good to be mindful of these things.
You don't want to end up in my thread of shame.

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What you said might be true but...

A good filmmaker treats his audience as intelligent.

"We suspend our disbelief, and we are entertained."

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"We suspend out disbelief, and we are entertained."
sure but you cant make a movie about al capone and have him driving around in a tesla
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