10 Classic Reversal Scenes (thanks Yukon Graham and Leigh Russell)

Thanks to YukonGraham on Twitter for mentioning this: http://thescriptlab.com/features/the-lists/1069-10-classic-reversal-scenes

This page doesn’t list them but provides a chart on the right so you can see the individual entries (10 down to one) but explains that reversal scenes are ‘shifts’ (as we covered in a recent workshop with thriller writer Leigh Russell) where the character / audience are expecting one thing but something else happens. Looking at the list of 10 they’re all fairly well known films / classics so even if you’ve not seen the movie the chances are that you’ll know enough about it to realise how well the twist works.

You don’t have to be Roald Dahl but you do need complications in your writing, even a romance has stumbling blocks so that it takes a while for boy to get girl even if they met right at the beginning (Definitely Maybe is a good example of this).

We'd love you to leave a comment, thank you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.