Ryan Baron North
First, Dark Psychology is just Being a Dick for Dummies. Remember, anything that says it is the “science and art” of anything is just bullshit. Dark Psychology is just a selling point for people who never had the space or charisma to be a douchebag. And if you’re still needing to express how you’re an asshole after your twenties, you need to see a counselor, not buy that book.
Anyway, I was reading a new book, lately, I finished it, and I almost gave up on the author. And that killed me. I absolutely loved the writing, the setting, everything, right up until the end. The author did that Shutter Island thing where it was in the main character’s head the whole time. That drives me crazy. It was cool and amazing the first time an author did it, but now, you’ve literally just wasted my time. I spent a book’s worth of time being drawn into this world, and then at the last second you go, “Just kidding!”
It’s not clever anymore. It is just insulting.
I will say that this author did reverse course in the epilogue of the epilogue. They flashed forward thirty years, and the demon that was supposed to just be in the guy’s head resurfaced in someone else. So, at that last possible second, the author pulled me back and made me decide to snatch up one more book from him, but it was a close call. I almost threw the thing down. And at the end of the day, the main guy still died with everyone thinking he had been a deranged lunatic. Everyone thought that it was all in his head, in the end.
What I am saying is: the ending where it was all in the main character’s head sucks. Don’t do them. And what I am always saying is: don’t listen to anyone’s opinion on what you should and shouldn’t write. Everyone likes different things. Critics are stupid.