EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.
That's a lesson that life will teach you...eventually. I think that's why as readers, we appreciate and even revel in a well-written plot twist. It's not just that they surprise and challenge us, it's that they make us realize that even when we think we've got everything figured out, the track can shift, and we may find ourselves moving in an entirely new (yet not completely unforeseeable provided we are blessed with enlightened powers of observation) direction.
Consider this story from the halls of American history...
So...why did he turn himself in? Why did he offer to squeal on Capone to the Feds? Didn't Eddie understand the ramifications of "ratting" on the mob? He knew, to be sure. Maybe he saw the writing on the wall. Maybe he sensed that the carefully constructed empire of "Scarface" and his cronies was about to crumble. Maybe he thought by being on the right side of the law when the dust cleared, he'd be able to continue breathing the fresh air of freedom instead of the stale air behind bars with all the rest of them. Maybe.
Eddie had spent most of his own life with the deplorable. He had smelled the stench of the underground long enough. He wanted more than that for his son: solid friends, respectable education, and a name to be revered, not just "remembered." In order to do this, he would have to clear his own slate first, and so he did.
The tragedy here was that Easy Eddie never saw his dream come true. After he squealed, Capone went to jail, but the mob remembered. Two shotgun blasts would silence him forever. We saw that coming, didn't we? Nothing surprising about finding yourself six feet under after taking the mob to the table.
But...that's not the end of the story.
Sadly, in 1943, Butch led a squadron of night fighters and never returned home. He died at the young age of 29, a hero serving his country. Tragic as it was, I think that Butch's father, Easy Eddie, would have been proud of that, too.
See? Wasn't that fun?
In literature, just as in life, we enjoy a good plot twist. What are some of your favorite titles or movies? Do they have a plot twist that turned your world even just a little bit upside down?
If so, please share...and then, watch the video about the art of the plot twist misdirection by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuorsbghT5M
Aspiring writers and readers alike, please also enjoy this article entitled, "Ten Simple Tricks for Writing Clever Plot Twists:" https://writersedit.com/fiction-writing/10-simple-tips-writing-clever-plot-twists/
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