So critics think that Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a convoluted and hard to follow movie. When I read that I was very surprised. The plot is complex, but I could follow it. And it was very entertaining. Everyone had an agenda!

Now I know that this is a film, but it's the plot I'm talking about, which is a constant between the visual media and the written one, so allow me the possibly blasphemous example. What I want to know is how to stop the plot from going from complex to convoluted. Is this concept subjective only, that is to say, can a plot that is convoluted for someone be okay to another? So should I even try?

I understand critics and readers are different, and often have differing opinions. But I feel that if a book is convoluted it will fail worse than when a film is hard to follow, because reading requires patience. On the other hand, in the case of A Song of Ice and Fire, many important plot points escaped me, I didn't even realize when the mystery of who sent the knife after Bran was resolved, and had forgotten much about Jon Arryn's death when his truth came out. But all this didn't stop me from loving the books. So where do these books fall in terms of complex and convoluted? And, based on this experience, as I said, should I even care? I am currently working on a novel wherein events are happening on a global scale, and storylines are going to tangle or stay much far apart in space and in some cases in genres as well. So what's the metric that runs from complex to convoluted?

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Thanks for bearing with me!

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