Plot holes. They’re those pesky gaps or inconsistencies in the logical flow of a story. I must confess I’ve been guilty of them. I want a story to go a certain way. I plot it all out to my satisfaction, and then someone—agent, editor, reader—asks why didn’t they just do X? Or, if they did Y, why didn’t Z happen?
Grumble. Grumble. “Because it doesn’t work that way,” I say.
In reality, I just didn’t want it to work that way---or I didn’t have a convenient 5-year-old to read the story and point out the obvious lapses in my story logic. (Note to self: add new reader to staff.)
So I console myself with these two lists from Cracked magazine:
• 8 Classic Movies that Got Away with Gaping Plot Holes.
• 5 Gaping Plot Holes Hollywood Knows You Won’t Notice.
One of my favorite holes from the first list is the entire premise to Citizen Kane, which is arguably one of the best movies ever made. The reporters are trying to figure out the significance of Charles Foster Kane’s final words: Rosebud. However, no one ever heard them. He was alone in the room when he died. The nurse gets there after his last gasp. So how does anyone know what he uttered?
But, if your story is entertaining enough, you can get away with some astonishing lapses in story logic (though it’s probably not a good idea to try. )
What are some of your favorite plot holes from books, movies, or TV?