Deus Ex Machina Quotes

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Howard Mittelmark
“...This particular blunder is known as deus ex machina, which is French for "Are you fucking kidding me?”
Howard Mittelmark, How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them—A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide

Erik Pevernagie
“At a certain point, we have to stop ‘play time,’ start ‘construction time’ and get things going, instead of getting mired down in the quicksand of wishful thinking, clutching desperately to imaginary ‘dei ex machina.’ (" Swim or sink")”
Erik Pevernagie

Marisha Pessl
“A deus ex machina will never appear in real life so you best make other arrangements.”
Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Howard Mittelmark
“...This type of ending is a special instance of deus ex machina, known as the folie adieu, which is French for "Are you FUCKING kidding me?”
Howard Mittelmark, How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them—A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide

Robert McKee
“Deus ex machina not only erases all meaning and emotion, it's an insult to the audience. Each of us knows we must choose and act, for better or worse, to determine the meaning of our lives...Deus ex machina is an insult because it is a lie.”
Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

Chris Dee
“I am not a fan of the magical quick fix in any fiction, including fantasy, scifi and comic books. Unless Dr. Who is involved, and then only because we get to use the phrase 'Timey-wimey wibbliness' which, I'm sure you'll agree, there are not enough occasions to drop into ordinary adult conversation.”
Chris Dee

Sakae Esuno
“Let us end this farce, observer! Give me your final, most beloved act of "will"... The one you most wish to believe was your own idea!
"My own... will... I... I believe that this love for Yukiteru-kun... is real!”
Sakae Esuno

Guy Endore
“Here's my watch. If I wind it, it marks time. It exists. It is alive. If the spring breaks, it stops. It no longer marks the hour. It is dead. Time does not exist for it. Same with you, when your main spring is gone.”
Guy Endore, The Werewolf of Paris

William Gibson
“I like it. A Silicon Valley ghost story.”
William Gibson, Agency