This may be the wrong place for this thread, but the Lounge is down, as is the book discussion thread. However, I think it has relevance to the Plot Development topic. Of books you've read, which ones had the best plot twists? Those twists you didn't see coming, but which made perfect sense once you saw them? The best one I can think of just now comes from Lord of the Rings, so if you haven't read it or seen the film, stop here if you don't want a major spoiler: Spoiler: Lord of the Rings spoiler The moment when Gollum, not Frodo, takes the Ring into the fire. Now I did NOT see that coming, and when Frodo turns to Sam and says "I've changed my mind," (or whatever his quote actually was) puts the ring on and vanishes, I nearly fell out of my chair. I was SO horrified. And then Gollum swoops in, grabs the ring, and the momentum carries him over the edge into the fire. (Much better done in the book than the literal 'cliffhanger' shite in the movie which was cheesy and bloody awful.) I had to close the book at that point and get my breath back. And my next thought was 'genius.' Tolkien is a genius. He foreshadowed that event so heavily all through the story, but I didn't see it coming. What a moment. And it was perfectly right. Frodo was not superhuman, and he was unable to cast the ring away after all. Somebody else had to do it, and even they didn't do it on purpose. Any other kind of ending would have diminished the power of that ring, wouldn't it? It's also a masterclass in how to manipulate reader focus. We were so focused getting Frodo to Mordor and to Mount Doom that we forgot to worry about what he was going to do when he got there.