I just saw I, Frankenstein on Saturday night. If you have even an inkling to see this movie, ignore that thought and don't. It's not very good. There's not enough alcohol I could have consumed to make that movie good. Plot holes galore. Big, gaping plot holes big enough to fly a Millennium Falcon through.
For example, Frankenstein leads the gargoyles to the hidden, secret castle of the demons. But it's literally just an alley and one right turn away. Couldn't the great protectors sent from God use...I don't know, Google Earth or something to find their arch enemies who live just a block away?
I love speculative fiction, and the suspension of belief is one of the trickier things for an author to pull off. When you're drawn to the writer's world, that's obvious vital. But to keep them there is a challenge too. Otherwise, you knock the reader right out of that world. Plot holes can be flaws in simple logic or straight-up contradictions.
Here are some of my favorite plot holes in books and movies:
1) The Hunger Games. Okay, so the government allows TWO people to escape the Games with their lives. Then, they change the rules again and say only ONE can be the victor. And yet for a third time, they change their minds and declare that there can be two winners again. This is not for dramatic effect. As a writer, I recognize that Collins wrote herself into a corner a couple and changed the laws of "her universe" to fix it.
2) Harry Potter. Wow. The books and movies....so many to choose from. One gaping hole is the rule regarding the disarming of a wizard. In the final book, The Deathly Hollows, the reader is reminded that when you defeat a wizard in a duel you gain control over that wizard's wand. Throughout the series, there's a ton of disarming goin' on. So doesn't this rule mean that somewhere, there are powerful wizards with a buttload of magic wands? Why didn't Voldemort just go after those dudes?
3) Twilight. I can't think of any series with this many plot holes. There's just too many to mention! Many bring up the fact that the vampires freaked out about a paper cut, yet why was Bella never attacked during her period? Or we could go with the most obvious - why would beautiful immortal beings with super powers even go to high school in the first place?
4) Independence Day. Captain Hiller (Will Smith) volunteers to fly an alien spacecraft because he has "seen their maneuvering capabilities." REALLY? Dude, you fly an F-18 Hornet. So if I watch you fly it around and observe your maneuvering capabilities, I can fly it too?
5) Star Wars (Episode I-III): Midi-chlorians. Nuff' said!
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Medical sales warrior by day, writing ninja by night...
I am the author of The Mechanica Wars series. The first book, Dragonfly Warrior, will be published in January, 2014 by 4 Wing Press.
I love science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, biographies, and chocolate chip cookies.