Re: RARA-AVIS: Plot vs. Character

Date: 01 May 2005

In a message dated 4/30/05 3:05:18 PM, writes:

> > In the best ones, the twist at the end that makes the second reading of
> the
> > story a whole new experience with the new piece of information
> >
> > John Lau
> Intriguing answer. I don't think I will ever be good enough to do it. Can
> you
> give me a good example of this? I can't think of anything like it.

I actually had to stare at my wall 'o books for a minute or two and think about it. usually, they're the sort of stories where the killer's identity is revealed near the end, but the character has had a prominent role in the story.
  Michael Connelly's THE POET or THE CONCRETE BLONDE are probably good examples of that, or maybe T. Jefferson Parker's first three novels LAGUNA HEAT, LITTLE SAIGON and PACIFIC BEAT. and while not that type of story, the last couple sentences of Charles Williford's PICK UP reinvents the entire novel. what's interesting however is, I don't consider any of these writers plot > characterization oriented. they do both extremely well

and in general, one will see the big twist occuring in movies a bit more frequently, as in MEMENTO

John Lau

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