Do you agree with Frye that we are often quick to “accept as fact something that we know to be nonsense”?
This is what I think we used to call "the willing suspension of disbelief," and I suspect that we often accept something we know to be nonesense in the course of a story. I used to read a lot of Tom Clancy; I often was amazed at the way he had things work out in the end :) The same is true of a book like Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" where one of the characters parachutes from a helicopter (I believe) with something on slightly larger than a handkerchief. I also remember the television show "Qunicy." It was about a coronor who could solve a case if he found a single hair from the guilty person's pet poodle.
I don't know if this is a bad thing; and I think I would use a kinder word than "nonesense" which has a much more negative feeling than the "suspension of disbelief."
And you can always find another author. I haven't read Clancy in a long time, and could never stand Quincy, so I moved on to other authors whose "nonesense" I find more palatable ... like J.A. Jance :)