The plot is a sequence of events that occur in a story, usually referring to a literary work.

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Why would Robert Angier use the machine every time?

In the movie The Prestige, two magicians rival over who can perform the best Transported Man illusion. In the end, Alfred Borden's secret is Robert Angier on the other hand After watching the ...
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What caused the execution by dementor at the end of Goblet of Fire?

Although the dementor's kiss is a major turning point at the end of the fourth book, which serves as a premise for Fudge's attitude in the 5th book, the execution itself seems somewhat unnatural and ...
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Did any of the 79 TOS episodes contain plot points that conflicted with preexisting TOS canon?

I was recently watching a long running TV series (not SFF) where one of the character's father was dead, but later in the series, he was alive and came to visit. With so many different writers, did ...
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How did Doc get into the DeLorean?

(First of all - kudos to WadCheber for inspiring this question) When the DeLorean is first revealed, we see it exiting from Doc's Truck: In the image I've given ...
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Why didn't Doc remember Marty's outfit?

In "Back to The Future 3" Doc (from 1955) sees Marty wearing a cowboy outfit. But then, Doc (from 1885) doesn't remember that it was him who offered this outfit to Marty. Does this mean there are ...
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Is the Ministry of Magic formed through democratic elections? [duplicate]

How exactly is the wizard government formed in Harry Potter world? is it democratic? Do they have a multi party system? We only hear about Dumbledore being offered the Minister position, or him ...
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Prince Oberyn revenge

In the Game of Thrones/ASoIaF universe are the details of Elia Martell's death public knowledge? And if so why did Oberyn take so long to look for revenge?
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The Nuke in Avengers

In the Avengers movie the nuke sent in to destroy the chitauri, which until really thinking about it I didn't think it would work. But after thinking about it I came to realize certain things(I'm ...
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Did Westley give Prince Humperdinck exactly what he wanted at the end of Princess Bride?

Westley left the prince alive, tied to a chair, "alone with his cowardice" and ran off with the princess. The prince was just going to kill her and frame the whole thing on Guilder, so doesn't he ...
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Was Prim's selection rigged?

As we all know, Prim was originally selected to be the District 12 Female Tribute for the 74th annual Hunger Games. However, here's the problem: Prim only had one entry into the Games. There were ...
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In Wolf Among Us what is the significance of the cigarettes found throughout the game

There are a number of cigarette butts found throughout the game. The always seem to be "Huff and Puff" brand, and are left near important events. Bigby also appears to smoke that brand. Nerrisa at ...
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Fantasy: T.C Southwell's Demon Lord series; Main Characters?

Question: Is additional main character/s added or old ones replaced beyond the first book as the series advance? More specifically:
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Steven King's Cell Novel

I made it about half way through Steven King's Cell novel and I ended up losing my copy and never finishing it. I understand that the film will be released this year. Does the book ever reveal the ...
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Is there a group in Dresden Files that keeps the supernatural world secret?

In the Dresden files universe is there a group or organization that keeps the supernatural world secret and cleans up the mess? Like, for instance, the cleaners in Underworld and Charmed, or ...
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Why didn't anyone go looking for Voldemort's wand after he was defeated at the Potters?

This question shows that only Wormtail, after almost 14 years, decided to go and fish out Voldemort's wand from the wreckage Is it hinted anywhere in the book why no one else ever tried to look for ...
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Age of Captain Picard vs. Captain Kirk

I guess I should say SPOILER ALERT if you haven't seen Star Trek Generations or the reboot films. In the movie Star Trek Generations, Captain Kirk and Captain Picard meet to defeat Soran. According ...
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How did Anakin and Obi-Wan intend to rescue Chancellor Palpatine?

In Revenge of the Sith, according to the title crawl, Anakin and Obi-Wan "lead a desperate mission to rescue the captive Chancellor." They do this by arriving in two one-man starfighters. Grievous' ...
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Why could Harry and Lupin practice the patronus on the boggart?

In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and Lupin could practice the patronus on the boggart, but when Harry was in the final task in the Goblet of Fire, he tried to use the patronus on the boggart, it ...
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Looking for a fantasy book, I read when I was a teenager (2000s)

The book takes place in winter and starts off by following a young boy who just turned a certain age like 13 or in that range. The boy notices that as he was walking back home that crows or ravens ...
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How independent of each other are the different copies of Smith?

How independent are the copies of Smith from each other? It seems that mostly the copies are subordinate to him. For example, they come only after the real Smith appears, they do not make other ...
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Spoiler request: what happens at the end of the Wheel of Time series? [closed]

When I was much younger, I started reading Robert Jordan's wheel of time series. I very much enjoyed the early books, but I gave up at a certain point because the books where getting longer while the ...
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Harry Potter Time Turner question: how is murdering past or future selves possible? Is it possible to prevent someone from dying [duplicate]

In Harry Potter, it seems like Time Turners are mostly used to correct minor things or do things that wouldn't have any major effect. Also, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it seems like Time-Turners/time ...
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Please help me find 90's teen fiction - UK town shouded in mist/fog causing violence

I hope someone can help track down this book from my teens. I remember borrowing it from a local library so some time in the mid-90's, although I can't be sure if it was new or old at the time. The ...
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Why did Dumbledore contemplate discontinuing Divination at Hogwarts?

In Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore tells Harry 'I did,' said Dumbledore. 'On a cold, wet night sixteen years ago, in a room above the bar at the Hog's Head inn. I had gone there to see an ...
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Could the Imperius curse be used to control werewolves?

We know that the Imperius curse works against non-human animals as well as humans, so it should work on transfigured humans. A werewolf could probably be considered a transfigured human so it should ...
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Is the accountant Weasley cousin an abandoned plot thread?

[T]he muggle cousin is an abandoned plot thread -- that cousin would have a witch daughter, who would live with the Weasleys and be an intellegent Slytherin, being a foil for Hermione; I believe ...
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How did Neo end up in the train station?

At the end of the second movie Neo feels the sentinels and stops them just by his mind, then collapses. At the beginning of the third movie he suddenly wakes up in the trainman's station How did he ...
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Why was the Rebel Blockade Runner so close to Tatooine?

At the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope, we see the Rebel Blockade Runner with Princess Leia and the Droids being pursued by a Star Destroyer above the planet Tatooine. Practically directly above ...
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how does becoming “the One” work in the Matrix?

According to the Architect, the emergence of the One is predictable and inevitable, it has already happened 5 times before, and the current iteration turned out to be Neo If it is inevitable, when ...
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Why doesn't Neo take a more advanced gun with him when going to save Morpheus?

While going back into the Matrix to save Morpheus, Neo and Trinity are sent to a huge room with lots and lots of guns, but in terms of technological level, they are all the same types of guns that ...
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What was the significance of the weapon locked in Alice's drawer?

I missed out on playing the Resident Evil computer games, but enjoyed the films. What was the significance of the weapon amnesia Alice (1st film) discovers in her bedroom drawer? Was it a nod to the ...
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How did Starbuck find her way back after leaving Caprica?

In the season one finale "Kobol's Last Gleaming", Starbuck jumps to Caprica to retrieve the Arrow of Apollo. In season two episode "The Farm", Roslin's faction jumps to Kobol and (separately) Starbuck ...
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In P.C. Hodgell's Kencyrath books, is Bane dead?

In P.C. Hodgell's Godstalk, Jame learns that an amoral character in the book, Bane, is her half brother. After kissing her (and biting her lip down to the muscles in the process), he shoves her into a ...
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Can Ronan Dex be fed upon by a wraith (possible plot hole)?

In the the episode Broken Ties, we see Ronan Dex being fed upon repeatedly by a wraith. While watching the episode, we realized we had some confusion surrounding whether Ronan can, in fact, be fed ...
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Did Voldemort know what kind of plans Draco was making against Dumbledore?

Voldemort didn't expect Draco to succeed, so perhaps he had just assigned Draco to the task and let him do whatever he wanted So most probably he didn't know about the cursed necklace nor the poison ...
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Why are grails not used as source of raw materials on Riverworld?

I have just finished reading the first two books in the Riverworld series. The Grails provide food and few small trinkets for the inhabits. That the containers are metal seems obvious "the ...
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What really happened on Rob Broadhead's third Gateway trip?

The Internet seems to be in disagreement: some reviewers of Frederik Pohl's Gateway blame Rob for pushing the button and killing the other nine people. Others say it was an accident (or should I call ...
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The Long Walk vs The Hunger Games

I read The Long Walk, written by Stephen King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman (The Bachman books, I believe a collection of four stories in one volume? correct me if I'm wrong, it was over twenty ...
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Is there any information available about Mazer Rackham's past?

Mazer Rackham won the Second Invasion for humanity, and it's been said by some sources that he is half Māori. Is there any other information about Mazer Rackham's experiences and origins prior to his ...
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In the “Spinner’s End” chapter in Half-Blood Prince, how does Bellatrix miss this? [closed]

When Snape is answering Bellatrix’s questions (which also serve as a convenient plot device to explain why Voldemort trusts Snape), he says this about how much Dumbledore trusts him: “Not quite,” ...
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What enabled Echo to become a full person?

In Dollhouse, Echo (Eliza Dushku's character) is most notable for how she gradually became a full person. She developed a cohesive identity despite being in doll-state and was able to store the ...
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The Princess Who Lived with Dragons?

When I was in the 5th or 6th grade, I read this book about a princess who, well, does not want to be a princess. She sees her role as one big farce. So, she runs off into the mountains. There, she ...
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Why didn't Malfoy's wand pass its allegiance to Ginny?

Towards the end of Order of the Phoenix, after Umbridge has been carried away by the Centaurs, and when they have to get away from Umbridge's Inquisitorial Squad, Ginny overpowers Malfoy in Umbridge's ...
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Why does Ring need to kill Trent?

I just finished The A.I. War: Book One. In it there is a short section talking about Ring and says Ring wondered if it would be able to kill him [Trent]. It desperately needed to. I'm sure The ...
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Who hired Nick Stavrianos in the first place in Greg Egan's Quarantine?

I think I might have missed something, but who hired the private investigator Nick Stavrianos (by calling him in his dream) to find Laura Andrews in this novel?
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Why couldn't Clara see future incarnations past the “11th” doctor?

From episode 239 "The Name of the Doctor" Inside The Doctor's grave, we are shown a beam of light which is said to be "the scar tissue" of his journey through time. The Doctor describes the light ...
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Could the Marauder's map show two sets of Harry and Hermione?

Prof. Lupin explains to Harry in the Shrieking Shack that he was looking at the map when they went to meet Hagrid before the execution of Buckbeak. Three people went in, but four came out. Why didn't ...
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Quartet of books about a boy discovering a secret passage in a stone circle

I read this book at school in the early 1990's. I seem to remember the title being "Summer of [blank]" "Spring of [blank]" etc. It's centred on a village that has a stone circle. I vaguely remember ...
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what kind of beings are shown by the marauder's map?

The map definitely shows people (humans) inside the castle But I remember reading Harry watching Peeves bouncing around in the trophy room and Peeves is not human And I don't remember if I had exactly ...
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What did the Howler to Aunt Petunia mean in Order of the Phoenix?

What does "Remember my last, Petunia" mean in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? From what I gather, most people seem to think it refers to the letter Dumbledore left for Aunt Petunia when ...