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37 Books With Mind-Blowing Twists: Today in Critical Linking

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We recently asked subscribers of the BuzzFeed Books newsletter to tell us about the biggest plot twist they’d ever encountered — without giving away an spoilers! And, yeah, these titles are full of surprises.

If you are looking for a good surprise in your next read, this list of 37 Books With Mind-Blowing Twists has you covered.


A new character by the name of Penguin is joining Winnie-the-Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood, Penguin Young Readers announced Monday.

Penguin will appear in The Best Bear in All the World, a new 90th anniversary sequel to Winnie-the-Pooh, in a story titled “Winter: in which Penguin arrives.”

Oh, no you cannot just go adding characters to Winnie the Pooh.


Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have joined the cast of Sony’s live-action/animated hybrid “Peter Rabbit,” starring Rose Byrne and James Corden.

Peter Rabbit is possibly the most boring famous children’s property of all time.

I know I run a book blog so maybe this isn’t the right platform for this, but girls: Please look out for other girls. Tonight I was stuck at a bus stop in Shoreditch circa 2 AM and saw another young woman getting harassed by a drunk, aggressive dude, and at first I thought, “She’s got it under control.” But then he started touching her and I went “No, that’s definitely not right.” So I barged over and shoved him out of the way and said, “Beth?? Oh my God, how are you, I haven’t seen you since grade school!” And this girl I’d never seen before in my life threw her arms around my neck and whispered, “You are an angel, thank God.” We talked for fifteen minutes, the creep lost interest, I watched her get on the bus and I will sleep so much better knowing she got home in one piece. If you see something weird happening, intervene. The worst that can happen is embarrassment, and I think that’s worth the risk when you consider the alternative.

I think one of the greatest gifts writers can give each other is the act of simple witness. To say to each other: I believe you and I believe in you and I want you to keep on keeping on because that’s the only way. Write that story or poem or essay or novel or play or advice column that you feel compelled to write, no matter what the market says.
5. “Racist writing is a craft failure.”

Kwame Dawes pointed this out at AWP. I’ve quoted it before, and it bears repeating again and again. We talk about these issues like they are a moral/political issue alone, but stereotypes are clichés. If you write them, whether characters, plot points, or contextual cues, you are writing some shit that has been done again and again. It’s boring and you can do better.
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I agree with Daniel José Older on most things.