If you are in Belize and stumble upon the famous Blue Hole, then yes, you can ooh and ahh and appreciate the beauty of a mysterious, massive, super deep hole. If we're discussing novels, the smallest holes can make a reader flail and send out a SOS.
I'm currently reading a YA novel that many people are raving about. I cannot positively rave about it. Therefore, I won't mention the title because my mother taught me, if you can't say something nice...
As writers don't we owe it to ourselves to catch the holes readers will find while reading our story? Or, if we can't see the gaping holes, shouldn't our betas catch them? My betas would. (But they do have unexplained superhero powers.) Or how about that editor? How did they not point out the polka-dotted elephant in the room?
e.g., If a handsome stallion wants to stop shape-shifting into a savage unicorn because he loves a mare and doesn't want to risk stabbing her with his horn during their frequent leapfrog romps, don't make the unicorn mutation trigger be something easily fixable. Because as a reader, if the stallion turns into a unicorn whenever it rains, I'm going to have lots of solutions for his problem. I won't need to read 300 pages to find out if the stallion and mare will be able to safely play leapfrog forever and ever. Plus, I'm going to be annoyed when the stallion gets angry at a character for suggesting the leapfrog-loving horses move out of Seattle to a drier climate and stay inside on rainy days.
You get the point (no unicorn pun intended).
I'm editing my latest WIP right now and it's a YA fantasy so I am on red alert for plot holes, unexplained polka dotted elephants, and unbelievable world-building.
What holes have you read or seen that drove you nuts? And don't say, "the two main characters fall madly and eternally in love with each other 5 minutes after meeting." (It makes me roll my eyes too, but sometimes the author has a limited number of words to get them to the leapfrog stage.)
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