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I Hate Plot Holes

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I’m not going to lie. I’m a person that has WAY too many pet peeves. Right at the top of my list of pet peeves is Plot holes! This hatred runs deep. Here is an example. Do you remember the Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame? I do, well not the whole movie but here's what I do remember. At the end of the movie there is a big fire and Quasimodo almost falls to his death from the bell tower into the fire. Thankfully he is caught by... the blond guy. (I can’t remember his name, not important for the point I am making) After he is saved our three main characters come down from the bell tower and when they open the doors… the city looks totally fine, it’s a nice sunny day, nothing seems to be burnt, there is basically no damage from the crazy amounts of fire that had just been raging moments before. I remember sitting in the theater thinking, “Wasn't there just a fire? Why is everything fine now?”  That was in 1996. I was 6 years old. Movie mistakes, plot holes and things that just don’t add up in a story have been bugging me since I was 6!

Now, I tell myself it was just a kids movie, don’t worry about the magical non consuming fire, but the example just shows how deep my idiosyncrasies run. Flash forward 20 years from the questioning 6 year old to my current self. The person who decided to write a book heavily based around the most plot hole ridden subject of all time and I mean ALL time. TIME TRAVEL that is!

Plot hole problems slow my writing process way down. Because as much as I try to tell myself to just keep writing, I’ll go back and fix it later, I just end up stuck. I can’t stand to leave the tiniest potential plot hole in my book. I fall into those holes and I don’t get out till I solve them. This can be considered a good thing or a bad thing. Good for people like me that want all things to line up in the end and bad because it puts a heavy block on my creative writing process.

This is were a good outline comes in handy. Thankful I have a pretty good grasp on my story and where the plot holes are that I need to address. But those 3-4 unanswered questions are like giant gaping hole in my head. Things some people could just simply look past and write off as unimportant details. Not me though! Instead I sit and stare at the wall for what seems like hours trying to solve the problem. Don’t worry it’s not a blank wall, I have my entire plot outlined in color coded index cards on the wall I stare at. So not crazy at all.

I just don’t want to do the same thing that is constantly driving me crazy in books, movies and TV.  Don’t even get me started on all the plot holes that have developed in Doctor Who in the last 6 years. But I’ve digressed.

How do you feel about plot holes? Are you the kind of person that gets consumed like me? Or are you one to look past them and enjoy the story? If you are I’m jealous. Tell me your secrets so that I might learn. :D then maybe I’ll stop getting stuck in the hole.  

THE MOVIES

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The Movies

Let’s do this thing!

I first learned to love a good story through the magical silver screen of films. Hold on! Before you go grabbing your pitchforks and torches. Yes the book is always better. Don’t go thinking I’m the kind of girl that will skip a book and just sees the movie.

I’m just trying to be honest with you, reading was not my first love. As a kid I was a horrible reader, (probably because I never practiced). So reading was something I learned to love later in life. Yes I do love it. But for me, my first love will always be the silver screen. I’m what you might call a cinephile.  Cinephile: A devoted moviegoer, especially one knowledgable about the cinema.

I think the experience of going to the movie is different for everyone. Let me tell you what it’s like for me.

I arrive 15-30 minutes early. Why? First, because no one in their right mind wants to get a seat so far in front or off to the side you get a kink in your neck. Second, it gives me time to settle in, maybe even get a snack. (Depends on the movie, Drama = No snacks, Comedy or Action Adventure = Popcorn and Candy!)

 I am a super firm believe that if you so much as light up your phone to see what time it is you should be asked to leave! Yes, that might sound extreme to some but this blog is my world and my world has rules! Going to the movies should be a relaxing and exciting experience. That’s all ruined when I see a phone shining like a damn lightsaber in my eyes! They might think they are being sneaky but they aren't Everyone sees you!

So I’ve got a great seat, a snack, and I’m all settled in. The time comes and the lights dim slightly, this is the travel portion. They play trailers for upcoming movies while the world outside falls farther and farther away. Then the lights go completely dark. You have arrived at your destination. The world and worries you had before are left behind for the next 90-160 minutes. You can escape to someone else's story, someone else's problems, someone else’s love life. (Not that I need it). Let the things that troubled you before grow smaller in your mind. Just watch the movie, and DON’T TALK!

When I went to see The Battle of Five Armies, you know the last Hobbit movie, well, I basically equate my feelings that day to that of  a 6 year old girl seeing frozen for the first time. When they re-released Toy Story, I REALLY felt like I was 6 again. It doesn't always need to be those big blockbuster, high budget, crazy special effects numbers. I’m an avid lover of a wide range of movies from the the 80’s classics, (Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Princess Bride) martial arts action, a.k.a my Jackie Chan obsession, (Operation Condor, Legend of the Drunken Master, New Police Story) comedy adventure, (Tremors, Mystery Men, Back to the Future) chick flicks, (While you were Sleeping, Never Been Kissed, You’ve Got Mail) science fiction, (Terminator, Serenity, The Fifth Element) and the genre that makes up 85-90% of my DVD collection action adventure, covering everything, comic book heroes, pirates, space travelers, government agencies, and everything in between. I love it all!  

The hopefully obvious point I’m making is that movies are a way to transport ourselves to another place and time. It’s probably the closest I’ll ever be to traveling through time and space… Maybe that’s why I love it so much.

Movies are the amazing product that comes from a massive collaboration. Screenwriters, directors, producers, actors, costumers, makeup artists, set designers, the list goes on and on. All these people working toward one goal, the director's goal that is. That’s a lot of people and things to manage but man is it worth it! Don’t get me wrong, not every movie is a winner. But we aren’t really talking about any one movie today. It’s all about the Cinema! Them Moving Pictures! And boy do I love them! That’s right what can I say,  I’m a FAN ;D