For me, there is a certain je ne sais quoi about stories with surprise endings, poetic or otherwise. I struggle to capture the words for the feeling, which really stinks as a writer. Not sure it is just surprise or shock at the misdirection. Or maybe it is the realization that reality needs to be expressed in its entirety to truly understand its complexities. Dunno… Would love to hear your thoughts on what you like/don’t like about surprise endings?
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