There is a Narrative Trick in this Story

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【Narrative Trick】

A trick used in the composition of mystery novels to cause the reader to misread. For example, a character’s gender or age, or even the chronology of events are purposely covered up. Like that, the reader uses their precognitions to misunderstand the truth, creating an unexpected reveal.

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06/21/16 Yoraikun Translation short story
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literal
literal rated it
February 14, 2017
Status: short story
The title straight up tells you "I'm hiding the truth in plain sight the whole time." Or, well, just out of sight due to lack of information.

Even knowing you're being tricked, paying special attention to the information you're being given, and letting your mind race down many thought paths... I think there's still a good chance you won't see the truth until you've already been tricked! That is because it is hard to forsake the information you've been given to examine what has not been said, and the author does... more>> a wonderful job at misdirecting you as well.

This was truly an enjoyable read - gentle and slow paced, but also a bit of a rollercoaster due to trying to figure out the mystery. The way I read into it, it also touches a bit on how people outside of gender norms/binary are their own normal. That is, that we may be surprised by who/how they are, but that's only due to our own bias ahead of time. (Merely my personal opinion/analysis; does not necessarily reflect the story's content/plot or views.)

A small hint (that might just be more confusing?) for those who want it:

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the author gives you one example of the character aspect they applied the trick to

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Tachi Works
Biah_belle rated it
June 22, 2016
Status: --
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Pretty funny, I completely fell for the plot twist at the end. Even while they were explaining how word tricks are done to trick the reader XDD

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rdawv
rdawv rated it
June 22, 2016
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A short story about two people talking to each other in quite a technical manner, discussing the ways how authors can trick their readers by manipulating the text in certain ways.

If you ever want to improve your own writing style, read this. It's almost like a lecture.
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Shadowdrop
Shadowdrop rated it
January 21, 2018
Status: short story
I was a bit too suspecting so I figured it out early on, but they were talking so ambiguously that I kept thinking that there is something else, so it can be said that I was tricked after all XD

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Also, I would probably be completely fooled if they were siblings instead. And only one of them being a xxxxx, while the other being who the author wanted us to think they were

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oblueknighto
oblueknighto rated it
October 7, 2017
Status: short story
It was a pretty interesting discussion by the end
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but as soon as they mentioned childhood friend I could already see the ending. Seriously, they emphasized it way too much in the first paragraph. The school, childhood friend, winter break.

I would have never guessed it if the title didn't give it away though. So it was still a great interesting read.

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trippy-chan
trippy-chan rated it
August 17, 2017
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It's really like a story written to give the reader writing tips lol. Not to say that it isn't amusing, it just seems to give a more didactic than entertaining impression. I figured out the trick right before I got to the final paragraph haha.
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LifeFrog
LifeFrog rated it
August 11, 2017
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Ha ha that was a fun read ~ Kind of like a riddle

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was able to figure out the trick XD

I feel like the trick would have been harder to pick up in Japanese though. Because Japanese doesn't use gendered pronouns as much, which would have been more misleading. Seeing as the translator had to use 'she' and 'he' in English it was easier to rule out that 'their genders were different than expected' as the trick.

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The Lazy Slug
The Lazy Slug rated it
April 18, 2017
Status: short story
Actually, I was expecting quite more than what I got. It was still interesting, but the ending wasn't really that surprising. Idk. Maybe because it was just a oneshot so the misdirection was too obvious to be ignored.

Idk if it's just me but... I've always thought that it's an unwritten law in narrative tricks and mystery novels of one is enough and the rest are misdirections kinda thing. Maybe a few occasional repeat of hints at the middle is okay too. Sparsely spaced so it blends naturally and reader can... more>> easily ignore it, but it's there. In fact, imo, they are there not just to reinforce the evidence later on but also to make reader feel more stupid when the trick is revealed. HAHAHA

Then again, for me, study in scarlet is enough. Once should be enough. And this one would be a breeze.

Despite that though, even if you've seen through it at the middle, it's still fun. It's not really the narrative trick that's interesting for me after all. More like the story tone, the character definition, how they interact. The body reveals a lot of things, as they say. And this is a narrative trick. Where else to hide the trick than its narrative? :> <<less
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ninjaerrant
ninjaerrant rated it
June 22, 2016
Status: c1
Clever, philosophical, and entertaining.
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