"This towns got secrets you can't possibly comprehend!"
December 13, 2013 10:40 AM Subscribe
It's a common trope in literature, film, etc. where somebody warns another person: "You can't possibly grasp the secret that's going on here!" Which, of course, raises a mystery that an author's got to resolve, usually anticlimactically. What are instances of stories which pay off
on those juicy teasers? i.e., stories in which the thing that our protagonist "can't possibly comprehend" is in fact astonishing, unexpected, and totally rewarding for the reader? (Bonus points for avoiding
cosmic horror, unnecessary violence, sexual savagery.)
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