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7 Awful Plot Twists We're Tired Of Reading

  First Posted: 12/16/11 03:52 PM ET   Updated: 12/16/11 03:52 PM ET

By Rebecca Joines Schinsky for Book Riot

A truly surprising surprise twist—the kind that makes you gasp or clutch your pearls or reexamine everything you thought you knew about a book—is a thing of beauty, especially when you’re the kind of reader for whom suspending disbelief doesn’t come so naturally. (Who’s with me?)

When it works, I can love it, but in general, I am not a fan of the surprise twist, be it a reversal at the ending or a mid-plot change-up. It often seems lazy, a “give ‘em the old razzle-dazzle” approach to distracting readers from a lack of substance, and when done poorly, it can ruin a book for me. And let’s be honest, there are some surprise twist conceits so played out and/or impossible to pull off that no writer should use them again, ever. I propose we start with these. Be warned: I’m spoiling the surprises in half a dozen books here.

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This one boils down to: if I have to read one more story in which it turns out that the sister/aunt/close-family-friend is actually the main character's mother, I'm going to flip a biscuit. That's Southern for "rethink that whole 'book burning is bad' policy."
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