Originally Posted by gmw
I get the impression that a modern editor would have told Shakespeare to "kill his darlings" (as that awful modern advice goes), and remove the hags. ... And yet what a loss that would have been. All these questions that we pose now, that need not have been outstanding had he just told the central plot without them.
But that is the point, is it not? You can reduce most stories to something like "Dude kills other dude and goes to jail. The end."
Its all the other stuff that makes the story have flesh and life! Its the details that are in the world AROUND the story that make it seem immersive.
At least that is what I think.