On ‘plot holes’

I don’t believe in the existence of ‘plot holes’. For me the nature of imagination and ‘suspension of disbelief’ preclude the possibility of plot holes, just as they make it possible for poetry to be written without Meter. Whenever one encounters a so-called plot hole, one should consider the possibility that the writer(s) might have intended to give the story a shape different from what you’ve come to expect. Do Impressionist or Cubist painters simply lack the skill to make images in one-point perspective? Most likely not. Rather, they are painting in a style — and appealing to a taste — which differs from that which insists that pictures have an ‘obligation’ to perfectly reflect sensate reality.

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