I had mentioned the Mode before in writing. But I’ll repost it just because it came up in a writer’s group I spoke to.
Mode was a concept I came up with because I couldn’t figure out stuff. It just encompasses all the rules and reality. Because, if you’re consistent, and you establish it early, you’re able to do anything.
Kind of like there’s campy. Like 1970s Batman tv show or Rocky Horror Picture. Camp was something I never really got/appreciated. But if you know something is campy, you adjust your brain to that reality. But what is campy? What is the actual framework it falls in? I’ve only heard a bunch of words/phrases/sentences put together in order to describe it. Camp is a style, but that’s a super broad categorization. It’s not a genre.
I wanted a simple word to encompass it. Mode was a computer programming kind of concept. And the word is from statistics. Definition from wikipedia:
Like the statistical mean and median, the mode is a way of expressing, in a (usually) single number, important information about a random variable or a population.
I see modes that are inconsistent all the time in entertainment and it really throws me. Takes me right out. And it’s usually because a writer fell in love with a joke/situation/whatever and forced it in.