Monday, June 28, 2010

Spit Shine, Tie the Twine, Glass of Wine, Yours and Mine

Ah revisions.
There are more stages of revisions than of grief, or addiction recovery, childbirth, aren't there?
I'm in the quite-possibly-end stages, where there is little rebuilding left, and mostly cleanup. The sheet rock is up on the frame, the walls are taped and mudded. Now it's time to sweep up the dust and hang some art on the walls.
Time to make sure all the seams are stitched nice and even, with no puckers or gaps. No characters heading upstairs to take a quick shower, and disappearing from the narrative, never to be seen again.

So I'm reminded of the plot holes in a lot of my favorite books and movies.
Such as this scene from the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair.

Clever, except for the fact that you can't fold a painting in half like that.
It's stretched over a wooden frame. If he just broke the frame, fine (forget the fact that he would probably destroy a good portion of the painting if he did so) but he takes the painting straight home and hangs it directly on his office wall, undamaged.

Then there's the awesome parade scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. But it's supposed to be late afternoon on a weekday.
Is there really a parade going on in downtown Chicago then? (alternately, remember when they used to shoot movies in Chicago? That was fun)

Also the basilisk in Chamber of Secrets. Traveling in the plumbing sounds pretty clever, until McGonagall points out that the school, and also the Chamber, were built a thousand years ago. When there was no indoor plumbing. Would there even be bathrooms that long ago? And if they were installed later, then surely the Chamber would have been discovered, etc.

And so on. Sometimes it's artistic license, sometimes it's a writer hoping the audience won't notice, but I like to try to write things that are tight and logical, even when they are entirely fantastic. Fantasy still has rules. And if you're going to break a rule you've just invented, have an explanation why or at least how.
Otherwise its a big distraction for us smarty pantses.


Tina Laurel Lee said...

I love that you know all these plot holes and remember them to post about it! And this is all a lot of work! My plot holes, oh woe!

J.A. Palermo said...

Thanks for the laugh -- now get back to work -- find those holes!

adrienne said...

Those holes are kind of fun to discover - just not in your own work!