Every once in a while, a movie or book comes out that the general population embraces—they overwhelmingly feels it’s great.
A lot of the time they’re right. But sometimes—let’s face it—they’re wrong.
When such stories are laden with clichés, plot holes, and overall laziness, it’s discouraging for me to carry on writing.
If I even try to delicately point out a few plot holes to one of the many people that thought it was the best thing evar, the response is usually akin to “It’s FICTION, dumbass!”
Okay, fiction. Right. That thing I wholly embrace, study, and want to evolve.
I guess it’s not only okay, but expected for fiction plots to make little-to-no sense. And it’s fine for the writers to assume audience stupidity at every turn, too.
Take note folks: Unless the story is a 100% true account, us writers don’t have to give a crap about the suspension of disbelief.
And when I’m surrounded by applause in a theater after just such a movie played, it makes me genuinely worried for the future of literature.
That applause sends a message to Hollywood: As long as there’s lots of explosions, hot girls, and high-level special effects, the execs have no need for copy editors. The execs don’t need to wait for a quality script or even pay decent writers to achieve the sales they’re aiming for.
Why do directors even bother to do partial script rewrites during filming? Why do writers bother to fix plot holes in their books? Who cares if the character in this scene was just halfway around the world in the last? It’s obvious the average popcorn-munching citizen won’t appreciate your efforts, anyway. Just add more action scenes. And be sure to include random internet memes.
All I can do is take comfort in knowing that somewhere out there, writers do exist that care about story consistency and gladly take the extra effort needed to write at a professional level…
Meanwhile, I can get over it and continue writing my book, hoping nobody brings up those particular books and movies around me.