This is a fantastic read! I hadn’t even noticed some of the inconsistencies in some of my favorite shows or movies. The fixes are great to have in your back pocket too.
Have you ever seen a runner trip in a pothole? They’re in the zone, focused on the path ahead, running to the rhythm of their music when all of a sudden they stumble in a pothole. It jars them out of their trance and throws them off their running groove–not to mention hurts like heck.
The same thing happens to readers when they stumble upon a plothole–though it’s less dramatic and doesn’t usually require stitches or Bandaids.
What is a Plothole?
The short definition is anything that can be asked but not explained, or poorly explained (not to be mistaken for an unanswered question like in a cliffhanger).
- unlikely/impossible events
- forced situations or character reactions for the sake of plot
ExamplesThe Hobbit: In this example I’m talking about the movie. If you didn’t read the book before watching the final installment of the films, you may have asked, what happened to…
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