What are some of the common plot traps that you have noticed in LDS fiction that you wish authors would avoid?
I don’t know that I find any plot traps that are specific to LDS–except for the one where the bad guy/girl needs to turn good so they can marry the good girl/guy, and so the author throws in some lightweight spiritual experience and they are converted in a matter of days. I just don’t buy that–ever. (I know, I know–it happened to Alma and to Paul, but their experience involved angels. I don’t believe it in a romance book.)
The most common plot traps, or holes, in fiction, LDS or otherwise are:
- an author sends a character off to do something and then we never see or hear from them again
- the character arrives faster or does something faster than it would take in real life (like fly across the country in an hour)
- creating a character that is too evil or too good, then having them change too quickly (as in example above)
- painting their protagonist into a corner that is too hard to get out of, then having someone swoop in and save them for the sole purpose of getting them out of that situation
- bringing in characters that have nothing to do with the story, but the author needs to add more people or more pages to the book
- forgetting to tie up loose ends (example: Premonition movie with Sandra Bullock; the whole thing with her daughter’s face and when it gets cut, etc. That was never really explained.)
- having a character really stress over something, then suddenly it doesn’t bother them anymore, with no explanation
- having characters do things that it’s been set up they’re incapable of doing, or wouldn’t choose to do, without having some strong initiating factor or explanation
- in fantasy, setting up the rules for the world your characters are living in, then breaking those rules
What are some of your favorite plot holes? Give specific examples if you want.