There are certain things that seem to pop up in so many books, and even movies and TV shows, and every time they do, I find myself wondering, well, 1) why they pop up so often, but mostly 2) how the characters know how to do these things in the first place.
So I decided it’s high time I took to the internet and find out whether it’s just me who lacks the worldly experience and unflinching toughness required for the things I’ll be mentioning in this post, or whether the characters just had really strange childhoods ;-)
3 Things Every Character Inexplicably Knows How to Do (But I Don’t):
1. Fix Dislocated Shoulders
I’ve seriously lost count of how many books I’ve read in which a character dislocated his shoulder and then just popped it back into place themselves or told someone exactly what to do. But how do they even know how to do that? Do YOU know how to fix a dislocated shoulder? Because I sure as hell don’t. With my luck, I’d just pop it into a different wrong place, which is precisely why I wouldn’t even try. I know it’s possible and there are people who have done it, but those are people who’ve had it happen before and know that it’s likely to happen again. I can’t imagine all these characters have a history of dislocating their shoulders, and it doesn’t seem like the kind of thing most people just decide to learn for fun in their spare time. Yet every character ever just seems to pop their own shoulders back into place like they’ve been doin’ it all their lives.
2. Remove Bullets from Gunshot Wounds
Ok maybe removing a bullet doesn’t take all that much know-how if you’re in a desperate situation and the bullet isn’t somewhere that you’re at risk of hitting a major artery or something, but the mental aspect alone would make that a difficult task that not every person would be capable of doing. And I won’t go into any details here because blegh *shudders*, but I imagine it’s probably not that easy to physically do either without any sort of medical instruments. Plus there is always that possibility that you would make things worse if you didn’t know what you were doing.
3. Knock People Out
I have already waxed poetic (ok, ranted might be a more apt description) about my dislike of characters constantly passing out or getting knocked out as a plot device and then waking up later feeling completely fine, but everyone knows how to pass out since that is rather involuntary, so that’s really not the discussion here. No, I’m talking about all those times when characters need to escape, especially those times when someone is helping them escape but has to make it look real so they don’t get in trouble, and then one of the characters hits them on the head in some “safe” way so that they pass out but aren’t seriously harmed. Ummm, what? I’m like 99% sure there is no “safe” way to physically knock someone out with a blow to the head. And if by some chance there is, it would take quite a bit of training to master. Even knocking someone out in a non-safe way cannot be as easy and common as books make it seem and probably also takes quite a bit of training or copious amounts of luck to hit the right spot. I’m totally including this link as proof: Is it really as easy to knock someone out in real life as in the movies?