What is your favourite plot twist? I wonder also, what devices do you employ, to satisfy a reader? When do you put your foot down, on a complicated story arc?
I was impressed by the 'anti-redemptive' plot twist at the end of Harlan Coben's "Hold Tight" (The TV series -- I haven't read the book, I confess).Definitely a redemption arc of the arch-villian or main protagonist.
There have been times in my life where I was strongly on one side of things and then a betrayal or revelation led me to the other side and strongly on that side. So my main protagonists stay on one side but the main antagonist ends up being not only an anti-hero but an actual hero. But from the original perspective they can only be seen as evil and all the propaganda that goes along with it.
People need a scapegoat and a good archetypal villian can be attributed with *everything* even if they're completely innocent.
Also like the Grinch who stole Christmas, they can change their mind and become an ally.
Well, arguably The Lord of the Rings culminates in a plot twist (Book Six, chapter III). And in that book, it's very necessary.I feel like the crime / thriller department is run on plot twists…and they get predictable once you’ve read a few crime novels. They are overrated. I think you can create suspense by giving a minor plot twist or surprises along the way, but culminating an entire story with a giant plot twist? Maybe as a writer this could become an all consuming distraction, all for something that’s not really a big deal.
Not saying it’s not sometimes put to good effect, but more with contemporary fiction (cause LOTR was written fifty years ago +) I think it’s sometimes a bit too predictable. Contemporary writers need to diversify I think otherwise I know what’s coming and it’s boring.Well, arguably The Lord of the Rings culminates in a plot twist (Book Six, chapter III). And in that book, it's very necessary.