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The Mandarin

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Fifthchild

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Subj: Re: Jobbing: Is it always a bad thing?
Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 09:38:23 pm EST (Viewed 66 times)
Reply Subj: Jobbing: Is it always a bad thing?
Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 08:15:47 pm EST (Viewed 150 times)

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It's pretty common to hear people complaining about jobbing when we see a fight that theoretically should be a stomp end up as a competitive affair. But is this always a bad thing? Should fights be written in a logically rigorous fashion or is it better that writers flex the rules a bit, or even a lot, so as to make for a good fight? 


For myself I think I was a bit more of a "purist" back in the day but nowadays I think I see the merits of being a bit more laid back about such things.


Obvious jobbing is always a bad thing. It breaks suspension of disbelief. That, however, is not to say that the overdog should always beat the underdog. There is a plausible way to make most underdogs beat most overdogs. It's when it's really obvious that the overdog is being written magically much weaker and/or dumber than normal that jobbing is a bad thing. Technically, every fight is a jobbing, since these characters don't exist.