Monday, March 30, 2009

[anomalies] the pain of correcting them

We were discussing the ridiculous moment where the small craft is caught between James Bond's transport plane and the rocky terrain. It just wouldn't happen like that.

This is also the reason that the editing of my texts has been such a pain.

Example. There is a character, Hugh who made a promise to a woman, Genevieve and then she disappeared off the scene. Meanwhile, a second woman, Nicolette, who has a boyfriend in a town, Melun, south of Paris, has ideas about this Hugh. Genevieve returns and the only solution is to introduce her to the boyfriend in Melun [although other things come in to complicate this].

Trouble was, they all grew up in Melun and so the odds were they might know one another anyway. Also, the two women are best friends and so he would most likely have been mentioned quite often. So it's an unlikely scenario to have to be introduced.

This involves going back and redoing the plot, which then affects action further down the line which depends on them being introduced and not having known each other and so on and so on and so on.

This is not the same as gaffs, of course, which can be deliberately left in. Do you recall, in The Bourne Ultimatum, how when he limps at the end, it's on a different leg to earlier?

My mate speaks of 'suspending disbelief' during the film or book in order to follow the action through to its conclusion. If you see the glaring anomaly during the action, you can be so annoyed you'll stop watching or reading.

People say you need to suspend disbelief anyway with Bond but there are some things right OTT which you can accept and some which are minor technicalities which annoy.

4 comments:

Sackerson said...

Didn't notice the Bourne gaffe. But then there is no point at which Cassio could have seduced Desdemona, yet we watch Othello entirely unperturbed by the plot flaw. If the story is strong enough, we follow the emotion.

CherryPie said...

I try not to get hooked up on the anomolies whilst watching or reading. That is something for debate after the effect.

James Higham said...

Sackers - that's true.

Cherie - I agree but sometimes it impinges.

Wolfie said...

Watched QoS on video with my wife last night, what a terrible film. She fell asleep and I was somewhere between disorientated and bored rigid.

Utter crap really.