HOLY SHIT! A CHARACTER TWIST: Lessons on bamboozling your readers with a character twist from Black Mirror.
The easiest way to describe it, is to show you some examples:
Here are two excellent instances of a character twist being used to change the entire tone and feel of a story, leaving audiences shouting Holy Shit! at how the tiniest bit of missing information can change everything that came before.
Examples of great character twists:
And then the show drops just enough hints for the viewer to realise that it wasn't a normal porn video this kid was watching at all.
It was a porn video with little kids in it.
And this character twist is such a wallop to the face.
Because we liked this kid.
We felt so sorry for him.
Yet he isn't at all who we thought he was....
EXAMPLE TWO: Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Look, I'm not going to lie to you and say I've read this story.
It was my husband who read it (and loved it) and every day he would tell me exactly what had happened within the book, to the point where I kind felt like I did read it.
So I guess technically, this is his character twist, not mine.
So that's it folks.
I've never used a character twist, but I really like the idea of it a lot.....
What about you?
Have you used a character twist before?