Why fiction’s freest genres need its most rigid rules
I suppose getting out of a difficult situation using the tools at hand would make you MacGyver or at the very least, the Professor from Gilligan's Island...
I've found a few features of my own manuscript that need to be revised for consistency in the magical system, not necessarily in response to the article I link to, but regardless of the motivation, making the changes will make it a better story. (Sure, there are a few unexplained things at this point, but my manuscript is the first volume in a projected series; gotta leave some things for later.)
Some fantasy works with good approaches to getting out of difficult situations:
- Elric: The Stealer of Souls by Michael Moorcock -- Elric calls on his dark god, but the dark god doesn't always answer and sometimes Elric has to use his own abilities
- Morlock Ambrosius in This Crooked Way by James Enge -- Morlock has a lot of resources at his disposal; sometimes his solutions to problems really come out of nowhere but after you read them, you always think they fit perfectly with his character and the milieu
- Anything by Terry Brooks; in The Measure of the Magic, there are TWO prison breaks where someone slipped something into the guard's drink