Saturday, April 7, 2012

Gilligan's Island. Hmmm...


For the A-Z Blog challenge, I will be addressing some of life's big questions.
Perhaps together we can find the answers to many heretofore unsolvable mysteries.


is for Gilligan's Island




Now really. A three-hour tour? And they're lost for years on an island?


They leave from Honolulu and run into some bad weather. How far can they really have gone. Obviously not that far because they could pick up Hawaiian AM radio transmissions. 

And do you really take suitcases of clothes on a three-hour Hawaiian harbor tour? 
Am I the only one who finds flaws in this plot?

It just reminds me again that when it comes to TV and movies, viewers are happy to suspend belief. When it comes to written fiction, readers are not so lenient. (Here's a post on that.)

Tomorrow's Question:



24 comments:

  1. You've got an excellent point. As a beta reader, I'm quick to mark spots and say "not believable."

    But I loved Gilligan's Island and now the theme song is singing in my head.

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    1. I actually loved Gilligan's Island too.

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  2. Ha ha! Good point. Now, for Ginger, that's believable - she might need several changes of clothes depending on the occasion: whale watching, sunbathing, a romantic opportunity, etc. But for the others? Only if they came to the tour straight off the airplane.

    Funny thing is, I've been researching the Hawaiian islands for a possible next book. There's a 1,500 mile string of mostly uninhabited islands northeast of Hawaii. One of them is Midway. After researching them, I REALLY wouldn't want to get stranded on any of them, and they're nothing like Gilligan's island.

    However, the mostly uninhabited tropical islands (that no one ever hears about) of Japan, known as Senkaku, they're a better possibility - but too far away for Gilligan's crew to have made it.

    Yup, the viewer must suspend belief - and for Gilligan, I'll gladly make an exception! I still love the shows.

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    1. Ha! Thats interesting to know, Jonene. I had no idea about the islands around Japan.

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  3. I always wondered why there clothes always looked so clean and never fell apart. Or why they never had to resort to turning the skipper into a raft and riding him out! I do agree though, who besides Ginger needs suitcases of cloths for a three hour tour haha.

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    1. Ginger is hilarious. So I guess the question is, Ginger or MaryAnne?

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  4. I have to admit I've never seen Gilligan's Island.

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  5. I guess for this show it's all about suspension of disbelief, huh.

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    1. Yes, but aren't all TV shows about that?

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  6. I've never seen Gilligan's Island, either. But those do sound like some pretty big plot holes. :P


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    1. You better get watching! You're missing an American icon. :)

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  7. LOL. When I watched this, I think I was too young to catch on, but you're right!!! How funny. I think it's funny to watch some of the shows or movies from my childhood and find everything that's wrong with them that I never realized. Fun stuff and great choice for G.

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    1. I was pretty young too, and I think I just loved it because Gilligan and the others were so funny. It really was about the silliness and not so much about realism.

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  8. hah! I never cared for the show because I had no patience for the rediculousness of the show. I guess I couldn't suspend belief!

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    1. It was a pretty ridiculous show. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. I didn't watch Gilligan's Island regularly. But I often wondered where they came up with all the stuff they had on their various shows. I could't believe they had all that on the Minnow.

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    1. I'm glad you had a chance to see the show, bear.

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  10. I always asked these questions myself! How stupid do they think we are! You're right that we would not accept this if fiction we're reading. Very good point!

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    1. Yes. For some reason, it's harder to suspend belief in a novel than on TV or movies.

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  11. Perhaps the SS Minnow went through a wormhole and thus ended up so far away from Hawaii. Makes sense to me.

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    1. I think that's the best explanation yet! It makes me think of the more modern version of Gilligan's Island--LOST. There is definitely a wormhole somewhere around that island!

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  12. I only have one memory of this show - I was five and eating fish sticks and watching this show at my old house. It's one of the few memories I still have of living in Michigan. Weird, huh? LOL.

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    1. Crazy how that one memory sticks with you. Hopefully because it is a good memory. Thanks for stopping by.

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