I enjoyed doing this interview with Dr Vera Tobin about her recent non-fiction book, Elements of Surprise, which I had reviewed earlier.

We discussed the cognitive, linguistic, and narrative aspects of the “well-made surprise” in fiction (books and movies). We also talked about fake news, “dumb-smart” stories, unreliable narrators, and a lot more.

As I’ve mentioned before, if you enjoy fiction as a writer or a reader or a moviemaker or a movie-watcher, this book is worth your while. For me, it is the best non-fiction I have read so far this year.

Read the full interview at PopMatters.

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