Wait a minute. Yes, they do. All right, let's just say that my chances of winning are miniscule.
Just because something isn't likely to happen doesn't mean it can't happen. Yet we often hold "realistic" fiction to a standard that even real life doesn't always maintain. "Impossible" things happen every day. So what's wrong with the occasional coincidence or unlikely event in a novel?
I remember when Christopher Reeves first played Superman. The movie's ad was simple and powerful: "You will believe a man can fly." The acting, drama, and special effects combined forces to deliver on that promise, and for about two hours, I did believe it. Didn't everyone?
"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
--Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll.
How much rein do you allow your credulity when you're holding a novel in your hands? I am talking, of course, about "realistic" fiction. Which authors and books have made you believe impossible things?