Usually Not Too Bothered

“We all try to avoid plot holes in our own stories… but have you ever encountered one (or more) major plot holes in a book or movie that made you want to scream? Has it been serious enough to make you stop reading / viewing?” 

Let’s start with movies. I love movies, but for some reason I seldom watch them. I expect it’s because they require a larger expenditure of time than I’m willing to give, but if I do watch something I’m doing so because I expect to enjoy it. That being the case, I don’t spent my time picking the movie apart. Unless the plot hole is really in your face obvious I can overlook it and enjoy the movie. I won’t be bothered. My husband isn’t that way. I’ll be enjoying the movie, and he’ll whisper to me what he’s noticed is wrong. I usually give him a withering look which doesn’t seem to bother him at all, LOL. He just continues critiquing the movie.

My reaction to books is along the same lines I suppose. When I find a book I want to read I don’t spend my time picking it apart unless it forces me to. As far as plot holes go I can overlook minor things, but if it takes me out of the story I may not continue with the book. Stereotypical characters bother me lots more. In fact, I can’t stand them. I once promised to review a book for an author, but I couldn’t do it. There wasn’t a single character that seemed real to me. I couldn’t get involved with them at all.

Not too long ago I read several books by an author who told a good story, but the writing wasn’t the best. She was such a good storyteller she made up for her shortcomings that way.

I’ve just started a new book, and hopefully there won’t be any plot holes or stereotypical characters. What about you? Do plot holes bother you?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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7 Responses to Usually Not Too Bothered

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Sometimes, I’m willing to go with the flow — as you seem to do — and just enjoy the story (or film). But even then, I’ll sometimes be thinking about it later and say, “hey, why didn’t they just…?”

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’m with you, Elaine. On the rare occasions when I watch a movie, I want to be entertained, so unless there are huge gaps in the story I’m not bothered by minutiae. In books, I’m more likely to notice issues that aren’t solidly brought to a conclusion, but unless it’s full of grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors I’ll keep reading.

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  3. I often multitask when movies are on, but not so much lately. Joe-the-Husband is really into them and I watch many with him, and we really get into the critical aspects at times. Send YOUR husband over to watch with us; he’d fit right in!

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