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Old 01-11-2020, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default What Makes For A Good Plot Twist?

Shankar Vedantam hosts NPR’s “Hidden Brain,” and in the following link, he speaks with cognitive scientist Vera Tobin about what makes for a good plot twist in a segment entitled “Spoiler Alert! The Psychology of Surprise Endings.” It’s a 29-minute listen and well worth the price of admission.
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: What Makes For A Good Plot Twist?

A good listen, TigerFang, and like a good plot twist-- it makes sense when you hear the reasonings behind the "magic trick."

The tips are good lessons on how to subvert and exploit a person's inferences to create and strengthen a plot twist that the writer wants to execute.

Thanks for posting...

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Old 01-16-2020, 08:27 PM   #3
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Just listened to this on Sunday when it aired. Fascinating piece, as always, from Shankar. Even if you're not writing a whodunit or a mystery/Shyamalan-type script, the parts where they go into detail about the human brain not needing the sort of in-between info in order to put two and two together are really interesting.
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