It’s such a tricky thing, writing character motivations and inciting incidents believably, coherently, and with a degree of internal consistency that means that a fictional premise doesn’t fall apart before it even begins to prop up the plot being built upon it. Some ostensibly ‘idiotic’ acts in stories actually make perfect sense when considered alongside everything else we know about the character responsible for them and the situation they find themselves in, and it’s not always fair to judge what someone does in the heat of the moment from a position of cool remove. It’s like watching a football game: It’s all very well yelling at the telly about ‘obvious’ mistakes when you have a god’s eye view and multiple instant replays to dissect a decision made on the ground in a split second. On the other hand, sometimes dumb decisions really are just, you know, dumb decisions. Reddit pondered this the other day when it asked the question: ‘What movie could have been over in 10 minutes if the main character wasn’t such a fool?’ You can check out the full thread here, but below are some highlights.
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