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Annotation Mistborn Chapter Seven Part Two

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Chapter Seven Part Two

Actions and reactions. Kelsier’s little explanation here is probably the most fundamental and important thing to realize about Allomancy–indeed, about a lot of my magic systems. I like to follow physics as best I can. I think it’s more interesting that way. Kelsier’s mention that you can’t just fling things around randomly with the mind is a kind of dig against Star Wars and other magic systems with telepathy. Certainly, you could come up with systems that work they way they do. However, I personally find it more fascinating–and more logical–if a person is only able to apply force directly.

It really is the way the world works. You apply a pressure, and something moves in that direction. For strong forces, people can only push away from themselves or pull toward themselves. It makes perfect logical sense to me that a magic system would work that way.

Of course, I might just be a loon for trying to apply so much physics logic to magic in the first place.

Oh, and by the way. People often ask me how far ahead I plan my novels. Well, I’ve noted already in this annotation that some things–such as the Kelsier-Marsh-Mare relationship–come to me as I write. They appear when I need something to fill a particular hole in the story. Other things, however, are quite well planned. Want an example?

Kelsier’s warning about not flaring metals too much is a foreshadowing for book three of the trilogy. You’ll see what I mean in a couple of years. Also, there’s something very important about Vin’s brother that will be hard to pick out, but has been foreshadowed since the first book. . . .

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