What I mean is that, there seems to be this prevailing criteria that is often imposed upon works of fiction these days; whether they be novels, films, television programs etc. The criteria is that, unless the work contains some incredibly surprising, unforeseen, unexpected, shocking, revolutionary plot twist; it's not smart or even worthy. An example might be a movie, where people watch it and at the end they dislike it because they figured out who the killer was at the beginning. Perhaps its just the circles that I run in where this idea has taken hold but my question to all of you is, is there any truth to it? More importantly, if a novel's conclusion isn't a shocking twist; is still a desired read? I guess I'm asking if the good guy can still win and get the girl in the end these days?