What a Twist!


Fiction writers usually despise lists such as “The top 50 character archetypes!” The reason for this is that even the most meticulously pre-planned stories begin in the magical land of the imagination and continue to evolve until they’re completed. Appending these tales with stock concepts doesn’t really enhance them, and the end results often resemble poorly written soap operas.

In the spirit of poking a bit of fun at such things, here’s Aaron Diaz‘s 42 Essential 3rd Act Twists.


The "unreliable reader" and "stolen identity not worth it" are two of my favourites.

Also, for a more videogame-centric list of what keeps popping up in our medium, check out TVTropes’ videogame section.

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