Holes is a classic novel. I read it in Sixth Grade, and I was impressed with how clever it was. Watching the movie based on the book…it’s an excellent adaptation. We are SO blessed that the Richard Kelly script was scrapped.
However, there’s a pretty major plot hole (for lack of a better term). It’s Zero’s confession that he stole Clyde Livingston’s shoes and in turn caused Stanley to be sent to Camp Green Lake. What’s presented to us is that Zero saw the shoes on a table and thought they were being donated to his foster home, so he took them. When the cops chased after him, he threw the shoes over the side of a bridge, and the shoes hit Stanley (who was walking underneath). Since Stanley was in possession of the shoes, he was suspected to be the thief. But he and Zero both get sent to Camp Green Lake. This leads to several problems.
1.) When Stanley arrives at Camp Green Lake, Zero is already there. And from the way Mr. Pendanski and the other boys talk about Zero, it sounds like he’s been there for ages. Mr. Pendanski-who calls the other boys by their real names (he calls Armpit Theodore, he calls Squid Alan, and so on)-calls Hector Zero because “there’s nothing in his head.” That’s only plausible of Zero was at the camp for a little while, and his personality is ingrained into everybody’s minds. Granted, if Zero was sent directly to Camp Green Lake, and Stanley was on trial for some time, then I could let this one slide. But that leads to the next problem.
2.) Stanley and Zero are both being punished for the same crime, right? If that’s the case, then why was one sent to Camp Green Lake before the other? With Zero’s case, the police saw that he stole the shoes, they chased him, they caught him just after he got rid of the shoes. With Stanley, he was found with the stolen shoes, and…well, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. If the police thought that Stanley was Zero’s accomplice or something like that, then you’d think they would both be in court together. But instead, they apparently arrested Zero, sent him to Camp Green Lake, forgot all about it, accused Stanley, and decided to put him on trial for the same crime. Why all that? They had two suspects; why couldn’t they just investigate both of them, determine who the real culprit was, and then punish said culprit while letting the innocent one go?