I apologize in advance for the mini-rant, but my nephew got married last night and I'm a little...uh...under the weather this morning. Whether reading or watching a TV show/movie, nothing bothers me as much as when the protagonist or some other main character gets put in peril simply because they are (or do) something stupid. I'm not talking about unknowingly, but the whole "I just heard a noise in this house we're not supposed to be in, I'm going to go into the dark basement alone and check it out" thing. I'm trying to get invested in these characters and root for them, then they do something dumb and all I can think of is, "Well, of course you're wife was kidnapped, you loaned her druggie brother $15,000 and expected him to use it to pay off his debts." Frequently, I find myself rooting for the villain to teach the protagonist/main character a lesson. As I'm writing this, it occurs to me that this sort of thing is much more prevalent in movies & TV than it is in books (though it does happen). Still, it seems lazy to me - like the writer can't think of a "good" way to get someone in trouble so they default to having them do something stupid. However, it happens so often that its obviously normal and expected. Am I the only one this bothers?