This topic essay is regarding the story In His Steps by Charles Sheldon, which is why it may not make sense for those who haven’t read the book. I will be posting a summary of this book soon, but until then, you can review the plot of this book here and read it here.
Topic: “Which aspect of the plot so far sounds most implausible? Explain.”
So far, the most implausiable part of the plot is the whole newspaper plot line.
The newspaper is a daily newspaper run by the editor Edward Norman. Now, our friend Edward makes a bunch of wrong decisions regarding it, such as not working on Sundays. Not working on Sundays not only means Mondays get have no newspaper, which means decline in sales.
Keep in mind, sales and subscriptions have already been declining, and this wouldn’t help it in anyway. In fact, the newspaper almost went bankrupt. However, Virginia Page, a young woman who is very rich, saves this newspaper, by blindly donating 500,000$ to the newspaper.
And by ‘saves this newspaper’, I mean saves it. Apparently, the newspaper gets popular again after this donation, but that’s it. Now, for the explanations.
First, with Edward. He knew newspaper sales were declining. I’m not positive how it was back in 1896, but it made absolutely no sense to release no Sunday editions, business wise. The newspaper was already declining, and I’m sure anyone with half a brain would know that having a day without a newspaper for a daily newspaper would make thing worse.
Next, with Virginia. Even if you’re rich, blindly giving 500,000$ is a really bad decision. By blindly, I mean Virginia had no background provided to her about the newspaper. No statistics, nothing. She just gave them 500,000$. Now, personally, I’d be sure to do a through inspection of the company before giving that much money to something.
Finally, with the rapid succession of the newspaper. That part doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s more of the author’s fault for this, for he barely provided anything other than ‘it was successful again’. It wasn’t ever explained how after Virginia’s donation the newspaper had more sales, or what they did with that money. I would suggest that with that money they got more advertising which then boosted sales, but the author didn’t explain it, so anything’s possible.
In the end, the whole newspaper plotline was a big flop to me. The rest of the book isn’t bad, but this was the part that didn’t make sense to me.