There’s an old proverb for writing fiction.

Character is plot and plot is character forever and ever. Amen.

While not always the case in movies, this old rule can be applied when attempting to define the term “plot hole.” Usually misinterpreted just as parts of the story that don’t quite add up, plot holes are better clarified as actions the characters take in the story that are not in tune with their nature nor situation. Yes, there are always exceptions, but most of the time when people talk about a plot hole in the film they are really referring to something a character did that didn’t make any sense or confusion felt over the result that came about through the action taken.

Thus character is plot and plot is character. It’s a little different than just chalking plot holes up to parts of the story that don’t seem to fit well or were simply added for the storyteller’s convenience. The story can be told anyway the writer wants to tell it and include whatever is desired. If the story told has a lot of holes in it than it may just be a victim of bad writing.

It is through this lens that the plot holes mentioned in this article will be viewed. While not all of them adhere to the rule, most of them do. Also as a side note plot holes are not necessarily always a bad thing. If the suspension of belief in an audience is kept throughout the story and they enjoy what they are seeing then whether the plot carries a hole in it somewhere or not really doesn’t matter.

Like him or hate him, Quentin Tarantino is a master of writing character driven scripts. It can be said that character is his strong point as a writer and he’d probably appreciate that. What follows below is by no means meant as a slant against his work, but instead a small dosage of fun in pointing out a few larger picture realities.

Certainly none of these troubled this author when seeing any of these films for the first time (except in the case of Death Proof).

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This article was first posted on March 25, 2013