The Difference Between Tricking Your Reader and Surprising Your Reader – by Janice Hardy…

on Fiction University:

If you’re going to trick your readers, proceed with caution and a lot of skill.

During a world-building panel I did at the Space Coast Comic Con, we had a brief discussion about tricking readers. Some authors on the panel were for it, some against it, and there were strong opinions on both sides.
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It made me think about what makes a good twist vs. a bad trick. Because some novels trick readers and we love the author for it, but others trick readers and we refuse to ever read that author again.

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