Originally Posted by springs1971
Very NLP.... and interesting, but I think there is an inherent danger, if we write to type and that is disappointing the reader - we're asking them to buy in to our world early on and to do that I think it's only fair to put our wares out pretty early.
I agree completely. I recall some story (no idea what it was now) where there were two boy-girl couples. At the end it turned out they were all gay and sort of switched partners. I would have been OK with it if it had come out at the beginning, but as it was I had this entire understanding of their relationships in my head and got really pissed off with the author trashed it. It might have been a variation of the "shock ending" cliche in Hollywood, which I also despise. It seems like a substitute for a good ending.