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Sep
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comment How can I surprise my readers with a surprise betrayal?
Okay. So I have to make the victim useful for some reason--almost like making them a macguffin?--so that readers expect them to be destined for some other part of the story. Is that right?
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comment How can I surprise my readers with a surprise betrayal?
Then how does giving the victim a reason to betray the good guys make it more fulfilling for the readers if they don't know?
Sep
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comment How can I surprise my readers with a surprise betrayal?
I like this. To see if I understand, give the victim a more full-bodied character with motivation to side with the badguys (or against the goodguys).However, do I show that backstory (or part of it) before the betrayal, or after? On the one hand, I'd expect for the betrayal to make sense in retrospect, the readers have to understand how it connects to the backstory; but on the other hand if they know the whole backstory then they'll see it coming. How do I balance that?
Sep
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comment How can I surprise my readers with a surprise betrayal?
I might call it "Rescue" since the victim is rescued by the bad guys from the protagonists, but at the start the goal is for the protagonists to rescue the victim from the bad guys.
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accepted What are some strategies for surprising the reader?
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comment What are some strategies for surprising the reader?
Do you have any suggestions for examples to study?
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comment Plot devices for the climax of an adventure story
Thanks, mate. This is fantastic. Once again, it's the characterization that comes to the rescue.
Aug
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comment Plot devices for the climax of an adventure story
I can't just think of every way of escaping. There's too many, and too many of those wouldn't serve the story. The MacGuyver suggestion is good, though.
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