It kind of bugs me because I’m pretty sure I saw a thread with this exact same name, but I can’t find it and I don’t remember what people thought of it. Well, basically, after looking through several of my stories where the first draft is finished, I suddenly realize I seem to really love tricking my readers (AKA me and my BFF). For example, in the story I have now started the second draft on, the King has just been murdered and the public is worried because even though there is a princess (who should be 15 years), no one has ever seen her, and is rumored to have been missing since childhood. Enter my MC, a 15-year-old girl who has been raised in an orphanage since she was a baby. I throw in so many hints that she could be the princess. Then at the end of the story, someone completely different is revealed to be the princess and she is revealed to be the daughter of two evil alchemists who were murdered (and the guy who killed them didn’t have the heart to kill a baby, so he secretly brought her to an orphanage). And I do stuff like this a lot. In another story, one of the main characters is portrayed as a kind and clumsy vampire who just want to protect the girl he is in love with, then at the end it’s revealed he was the evil vampire killing everybody. The vampire being evil I tried to foreshadow some (aha, he was the one who locked the door, that makes sense), but when it came to the princess thing, I tried to foreshadow that she was the princess, just to throw everyone off when the opposite was revealed. I’m just not sure this is a good thing… I don’t think I’ve even read a book where I felt the author totally “got me” with some of their tricks and plot twists, so I’m not sure I want to be tricked either. But if you start reading a book knowing you will be tricked, you’re probably not going to be tricked. Have you read books that purposely tricked you? Did you like it or was it annoying? Any other thoughts?