You Asked Me What?

We’re back with another Q&A post! This time around we’re talking a little about books.

 

Krystallina asks:

What’s the worst plot twist you’ve ever seen or read?

 

Hmm…this is a hard one. The thing is, I can usually appreciate a twist, even it’s not a great one. There is one that I really didn’t care for, but I’m not sure if you’d class it as a twist or not. Regardless, let’s talk about that.

So, many years ago, I heard a song called ‘Farewell’ by an up-and-coming metal band called Kamelot. The track was what I would describe as an awesome example of power metal, and it immediately got my attention. When I looked into it, it came from an album called ‘Epica’. I picked it up and loved it. In fact, I still do.

The reason I mention it is because that album and its follow-up ‘The Black Halo’ were concept albums based around the tragic play ‘Faust’ by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Now, I’m sure most of us have heard of the character of Faust, the scholar who makes a deal with Mephistopheles. In truth, I was aware of the general set-up of the story, but little else. After hearing the albums though, I decided to check the play out and subsequently bought both Part One and Part Two. Be warned, if you aren’t familiar with the work, there are spoilers ahead.

So, I really enjoy both parts in general. The imagery in scenes like the Classical Walpurgisnacht are truly fascinating. But then there comes the ending. The thing is, the whole play s set around this concept that God has made a wager with Mephistopheles that he cannot lead Faust astray. Meanwhile, said agent of hell makes a deal with Faust he will serve him in life, and Faust will, in turn, serve him in death if Mephistopheles makes good on his word and finds a moment of true happiness for the struggling scholar.

Long story short, a lot happens, and just before he dies, Faust finds his moment of pure bliss. Mephistopheles quite rightly claims victory and seeks to take Faust’s soul, but in a twist, the Angels descend from Heaven and whisk Faust’s soul away. Why? Because, in love, God can forgive all. It sounds strange to dislike what is essentially a happy ending, but honestly, I hate it. Faust didn’t really redeem himself in my eyes, he was simply forgiven because God could. For me, I would rather than he had some defining moment to mean that he didn’t lose his own wager with Mephistopheles. This though? It makes the rest of the play pointless for me because it essentially means that nothing the characters did mattered. That, I really, really dislike.

So, that was me. But what about yourselves? What are your least favourite plot twists? Let me know I the comments below, and feel free to ask me other questions for future posts too.

6 thoughts on “You Asked Me What?

      1. There are merits to both, I think. One talks about Faust being saved because of his constant striving, and I like that image, but that begs the question: how much did he actually strive? This, I do not know. On the other hand, having him dragged to Hell is also valid, especially if he wasn’t actually striving. He made a deal with the Devil, after all, and one can’t just do that and expect to get out of it. I imagine someone found that a bit uncomfortable, though, and wanted something more hopeful… or possibly less demanding, heh. Either way, it’s interesting.

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  1. Such an interesting response! Thanks for answering. Plus with the followups about two versions of Faust…I had no idea.

    One bad twist that stands out to me is from FFVIII and the

    (spoiler alert!)

    fact that everyone minus Rinoa were friends and somehow equipping GFs (how do they do that anyway??) messes with their memories. Maybe it isn’t so bad versus the way it was made like a big dun dun dun moment and yet the identities of Squall’s parents are so easy to miss. THAT should have been a real dun dun dun moment.

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    1. No problem at all.

      I never did get around to finishing FFVIII, so that’s one I didn’t know. I think I enjoyed that game more than a lot of my friends did, but I always put that down to them being long term FF players while VII was my intro to the series.

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