What’s The Deal With Twist Endings? – Episode 068

May 11, 2016

We are continuing our two-part format for our episodes! First, Brent and Erik check-in about writing and publishing. Brent shares his experience selling a script to a film producer in China and Erik asks whether he’s confusing readers by writing too many genres under the same name.

Our second half covers the main topic of the day, which is about twist endings. Why does Brent think that all good stories have twist endings? And why does Erik think twist endings are frequently overrated. We delve in to the topic and share our favorite and least favorite twist endings.

(Note: if you want to jump forward to the main topic of the episode, it starts at timecode 8:43.)

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Brent Hartinger
Erik Hanberg

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Media Consumed This Episode

Decked (film, in production)
Psycho (film, 1960)
Planet of the Apes (film, 1968)
Ocean’s Eleven (film, 2001)
Ocean’s Twelve (film, 2004)
My Best Friend’s Wedding (film, 1997)
The Sixth Sense (film, 1999)
Frozen (film, 2013)
The Shawshank Redemption (film, 1994)
Ender’s Game (book, 1985)
Arlington Road (film, 1999)
The Village (film, 2004)
Scream (film, 1996)
What Lies Beneath (film, 2000)
The Usual Suspects (film, 1995)
Dead Again (film, 1991)
Rebecca (film, 1940)
Dolores Claiborne (film, 1995)
Gone Girl (film, 2014/book, 2012)
Signs (film, 2002)
The Saints Go Dying (book, 2010)
Grand and Humble (book, 2016)
Three Truths and a Lie (book, 2016)
Scrubs (TV show, 2001)


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