How To Write Plot Twists (Spoilers)

In this video essay, Just Write investigates how to write effective plot twists, using Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Oldboy, Fight Club, Usual Suspects, and more to illustrate his analysis. He pays particular attention to Aristotle’s theory of Anignorisis or “A change from ignorance to knowledge” often used by storytellers to create surprise in a story. Employing Derrida’s philosophy of Deconstruction, Hyden suggests that twists appeal to audiences largely because they allow us to deconstruct our Western mode of thinking; replacing binary thinking to a set of infinite and incomprehensible possibilities.


Plot Twists