Can’t Dupe Readers? (SPOILER FOR Avengers: Age of Ultron)

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  • #346943

    maxiuomc48
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    Why Authors Can’t Afford to Dupe Readers (or Why Hawkeye Ruined Avengers)
    by K.M. Weiland
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcOznC1upZ8

    Hi everybody. 🙂

    In the above video, K.M. Weiland explains how the audience is lead to believe that a certain character is probably going to die, but later it is really a different character who dies.

    K.M. Weiland didn’t like being duped in that way and said that the audience was duped just for the sake of duping the audience.

    Do you guys and gals agree? Was it really that bad?

    :geek:

  • #655887

    Anonymous

    Haven’t seen the movie (actually, any comic book movies 😕 ) but I do agree – authors should never mislead readers just because they can. Authors thinking they’re being clever instead of putting the story first. Big difference between readers saying “Wow, I didn’t see that coming!” and readers saying “WTF?”.

  • #655888

    maxiuomc48
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    Thanks for the reply ostarella. 🙂

  • #655889

    Anonymous

    I agree with the concept, though not (I think) the example.

    I didn’t watch the YouTube video, but if it has to do with Quicksilver, then this moment was building. First of all, his statement in that moment is a running gag throughout the movie. Second, it’s the culmination of his journey from bad guy to hero. There’s a shock to it, yes, but I don’t agree that it’s a dupe moment.

  • #655890

    maxiuomc48
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    Thanks for the reply RobTheThird. 🙂

  • #655891

    debbieolch
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    I don’t place too much value in Weiland’s blog, though some of the basic stuff she covered in her early years was perfectly fine.

  • #655892

    maxiuomc48
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    Thanks for the reply DrG2. 🙂

  • #655893

    Anonymous

    This used to be called a plot twist. Still is, actually.

  • #655894

    Anonymous

    Burningthyself wrote:
    > This used to be called a plot twist. Still is, actually.

    That’s why I distinguished between readers saying “didn’t see that coming” and “wtf?”. One’s a plot twist, one’s an author’s ego. 😉

  • #655895

    maxiuomc48
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    Thanks for the replies everyone. 🙂

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