The true definition of a paradox is, “a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory.” Hollywood seems to use these paradoxes when creating movies or television shows, and often don’t take into account the amount of accuracy used when doing so. Sometimes worlds that are created seem really amazing, yet when we start to delve deeper into the stories, we realize how much they don’t make sense. It isn’t always the worlds; sometimes it’s the dialogue or the actions of the characters in the performance altogether.
How many times have you watched a television show or a movie and wondered, “Where are their parents?” Many times young children seem to wander the streets without guardians, and this seems to be okay in the film. What about Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, where the first child that gets stuck in a giant tube is sent off to be pulled out? His mother was right there watching him, but did nothing as the Oompa-Loompas sang their tune. Then the rest of the families decided to continue on with the tour, despite the fact that a child could be dead in the factory. Why aren’t the parents and children running away and screaming in terror after watching one child after another get pulled away from them? One girl blows up to a purple balloon, the boy getting stuck in a giant tube, one kid shrinking…oh and the girl who ended up being the bad egg…wouldn’t they have left after the very first incident? What happened to all of the lost kids? Why didn’t Willy Wonka go to jail for child endangerment after the tour? Poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, came up with the term, “Suspension of disbelief” in 1817. It means that the reader would hold off on judgment when reading something that is completely out of the ordinary, as long as what they are reading is interesting enough to believe at least part of it. In today’s society, Hollywood has taken the idea a bit further and applied this to television shows and movies, a lot of times thinking that if they make the show entertaining enough, the actors are good looking, and the movie has a lot of special effects, then maybe we won’t notice the fact that that 500 pound tomato is the same size as a brick.
10) Las Vegas, Miami and New York In The CSI:Crime Scene Investigation Shows
The original CSI takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has had two spinoffs of the show. One transpires in Miami and the other one is set in New York. Even though the cities are not fictional, the events that transpire in most of the episodes seem to be far from realistic. Granted, there are a great deal of blood splatters and scenes that are incredibly lifelike, but many times we see things that just don’t make a lot of sense. For instance, the technology that is used is extremely advanced, but in real-life, it just isn’t possible to look at a picture that was taken with a very low-powered resolution camera and zoom in 500 times to have people’s features appear perfectly. Many times there is the need for lab work (such as a DNA test), and the results come back almost immediately. In the real world, most of these assessments would take months to perform, so an immediate outcome just isn’t possible. Another dubiety is when they become “hacked,” and will unplug the monitor, thinking that this will rid the computer of any issues. In the show, it actually works. In real life; not so much.
9) The Hospitals In Almost Every Television Show and Movie About Hospitals
When we watch a soap opera on television, we expect some sort of it to mimic what we see in our every-day lives (even though most of us won’t go through half of what we see on these shows). A lot of these soaps take place in a hospital, and it is hardly anything like it would happen if it were a real hospital. The same goes for just about every other television show and movie that takes place in one, as well. For instance; a man dies on television on a Tuesday, and by Friday he is alive again. Another problem is that nothing seems to be like it is if you were to actually go into a hospital in the real world. How many times have you been able to be rushed right into a room as soon as you enter? Unless you’re unconscious, chances are that you will most likely have to wait for quite some time before seeing a doctor (and will have to fill out a ton of paperwork). Then once you are in a room, it is rare that you would have the room to yourself, as most shows or movies would lead you to believe.
Just about everything in this movie from the early 90s is wrong. This is one of Angelina Jolie’s first movies in which she appeared, and they have her depicted as a nerdy “hacker,” who tricks one of the other kids while touring the high school; causing aggravation between the two. The hacking that they portray in this movie is not as accurate as Hollywood leads us to believe, along with inaccurate dialogue that the actors try to pull off. At least the actors made the movie entertaining, even if they had no clue as to what they were talking about.
7) Bikini Bottom From Spongebob Squarepants
Okay, so this is a cartoon; of course it’s not supposed to make sense in real life, right? Well, that is true if you are watching a cartoon from 50 years ago, but in today’s society we seem to want something more when it comes to cartoons. That sounds crazy, but it’s true. They want us to believe that Spongebob is a sponge that lives in the water, and he wears pants. He has a best friend that is a snail named Gary (and meows like a cat), and other friends that live nearby. Patrick is a starfish that lives under a rock next to Spongebob, Sandy is a squirrel that can breathe underwater using special equipment, and he also works in a diner that sells crabcakes. He fries crabcakes. Under the sea. Perhaps the irony in this is what makes the show so popular, and also the reason how one would have so much information about a cartoon.
6) Almost Every Horror Movie Ever Made
Even though this isn’t a particular world, and many horror stories are true; it is worth a mere mention. Most horror movies are made unbelievable from the start. It’s true that the more plausible the movie is, the scarier it tends to be. Then why do we constantly see the same, people who seem to keep reappearing in these movies? For instance, the girl who runs away from the murderer and suddenly trips over either a completely invisible object, then is screaming, “Ow, my ankle!” just as the ax-wielding psychopath (that somehow walks faster than she runs) is able to catch up to her; is almost always in the movie. Or the person who is stuck inside the house babysitting (a lot of times the same girl) and runs up the stairs, instead of running outside to get help. Then the killer happens to once again, catch up to her, and when he is shot, or stabbed, or bludgeoned, he never seems to die.
5) Middle Earth
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about a place called Middle Earth, that housed hobbits and creatures. He said that Middle Earth was fictional, but it was located somewhere on our world. The hobbits were very small, and the houses that they lived in were made to accommodate their lifestyle; but the wizards were much, much taller. The Hobbit was one book that most children were required to read in their elementary or middle school years, and now there are movies that are made from Hollywood that depict the fictional place, much better than the cartoons that were available back in the 1970s and 80s. The effects are incredible and the acting is notable, but it still doesn’t make Middle Earth any more believable, though.
4) Gotham City
Gotham City is a completely fictional place that was created, and then published by DC Comics decades ago. That makes sense. There have been comic books, television shows, and quite a few movies that go out of their way to show how much of a superhero Batman is. The only problem is that Batman does not have powers like the rest of the superheroes in that genre. Spiderman was bitten by a spider, so he has superhuman strength. Superman was born on a completely different planet, so his powers stem from another world, and Thor is the God of Thunder, so we know exactly where he gets his supremacy.
Batman is incredible at everything he does, but buys everything that makes him that way. Bruce Wayne, Batman’s alter-ego, is a billionaire that had his parents murdered as a child, and declared to make the world a safer place by dressing up as a bat and fighting all of the bad-guys that are trying to take over the city. He has a batmobile, several costumes that are pretty much indestructible, and keeps those and his other vehicles in a bat cave. Somehow he manages to save the city that is constantly being overrun by The Joker, The Riddler, The Green Goblin, and many other “bad guys” who happen to come along, even though he has no superpowers, other than the gadgets that he has created throughout his years of fighting crime.
The actual city that Batman takes place in is Gotham City; that was originally created to appear like a large city (or New York, to be more specific). It is hard to determine exactly where Gotham City would exist; as there are so many different movies and television shows that state different locations, and the time zone has been mentioned as Central Time Zone, so the idea that it is on the east coast of the United States is completely out of the question. In one of the comic books, it mentions the Jersey Shore, which would most likely be New Jersey, but that is on the east coast. With so many people trying to take over Gotham City and the corruption that overtakes the town on a continual basis, the city probably would not exist at all if it were real.
3) Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory would be absolutely fabulous, if it were possible to exist. Even though it is fictitious (in the movies and books), almost everything involved in the movie is next to impossible if it were real. When Charlie and the other children enter the factory towards the beginning of the movie, you immediately see things in the building that wouldn’t make sense in a typical, genuine factory. They lick the walls that are meant to taste like fruit and berries. Granted, this may be possible, but doubtful that a tasty wall would stay upright for long. The hallway shrinks, but yet, after the people go in the tiny door, the room is normal sized again. And if there really were a room made of candy, wouldn’t everything have melted and ants would have taken over, after a short amount of time? With the Oompa-Loompas making up amazing, award-winning songs on-the-spot, the movie (along with the book) doesn’t make a lot of sense, but is absolutely brilliant when it comes to entertainment purposes!
2) The Tardis From Dr. Who
Okay, so the Tardis is not an actual world from Dr. Who, it is only a time-travelling machine, but seeing that Dr. Who spends a lot of his time in it (not to mention it is his main method of transportation), it deserves to be mentioned. Just the fact alone that it is a time-travelling device is enough to say it is impossible to exist in the real world, but that is not the only reason. For some reason, in the science fiction world, writers seem to think that the coolest effect is when you can enter a space that looks small and expands as you pass through it. This is the case with the Tardis (along with many other shows and movies; such as Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory). From the outside, it looks like an ordinary phone booth (or “police box,” as it has been stated on the outside); but as soon as one is able to enter, the Tardis expands into a room the size of what would appear to be a small house. To explain this, it has been told that the Tardis is actually another dimension.
1) The Star Trek Universe
Okay, so the series and movie franchise that was created by Gene Roddenberry around 1966, was way ahead of its time. The science fiction television series (and movies) were one step ahead of current technology and it appears that a lot of what was featured in the shows are now appearing today. That makes a lot of sense; but there are quite a few things that don’t. For instance, is it possible to be able to travel throughout space and almost every alien that you encounter, can stand on two legs and have two arms, and you can understand what they are saying? Yes, there is mention of how there is an international interpreter, but that just does not seem too logical in the real world sense. Although it is nearly impossible to be transported in a split second over a long distance, in Star Trek, you can have Scotty beam you down to a planet (or another character who may be in the engine room). The problem with this; is that way too often, the rules for transporting via space aren’t static. Occasionally you can be “beamed” down even though the shields are up, but other times you are told that you cannot because of them.