Archetype – The Fortune Teller

In many books, movies and shows, whether it’s an important feature of the story or not, there’s a prediction. It can be oracular, silly or serious, wise or otherwise. It can be taken seriously by the characters, but usually isn’t. It is almost always given by an ‘official’ prediction dispenser, someone who is a known oracle, medium, shaman, palm reader, crystal ball user or mancer of some sort. Sometimes there’s just a prophecy floating around, but usually it’s dished out by a wise person (or scary child, or your-fortune-for-a-quarter machine, or autistic savant). Now here’s my point.

It always comes true.

Have you ever read a story where the fortune teller says something that turns out wrong later? What they say can be obscure, and frequently turns out to have been misinterpreted, but they always turn out to be correct in one form or another.

Bottom line: don’t cross the prophet.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Croaker AKA Douglas
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 11:35:39

    I dont think I’ve put a fortune teller in any of my stories but its a good idea maybe in my Nano this year.

  2. asherose
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 15:20:20

    That sounds like a good idea 🙂

  3. thenonconformer
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 05:21:09

  4. asherose
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 06:08:55

    I think you failed to demonstrate your screen name, there.

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