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Leaving some mystery unrevealed

Post by Doaa Wael » 28 Sep 2017, 18:54

In some fictional or fantasy stories, sometimes the element of "Mystery/ odd, attention-grabbing occurrences" can be used to build up suspense although that piece of hook is not directly relevant to the plot. Some readers say that not justifying this mystery piece, later on, can be frustrating while others say it is okay to leave some mystery unaddressed and unresolved. What are your views on this?

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Post by KS Crooks » 29 Sep 2017, 20:49

I think it's fine to leave a little mystery. The main characters can't always discover all the answers, so to for the reader. A left behind mystery can also be an indication of a pending sequel.

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Post by anacmg9211 » 29 Sep 2017, 22:38

I think if there will be a sequel then that's fine, but finishing a book with no intents of continuing on and leaving a mystery unresolved? That would frustrate me a lot, I don't like loose strings. I appreciate more having answers and knowing what happened with everyone. I'm not saying books that end up with unresolved things are bad though, they're just not what I prefer :)

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Post by BoyLazy » 30 Sep 2017, 11:49

It's good if the second part is worth reading. Otherwise it's often irritating.
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Post by Doaa Wael » 01 Oct 2017, 07:11

BoyLazy wrote:It's good if the second part is worth reading. Otherwise, it's often irritating.
what if the mystery was something minor, like not related to the ending of the book or the direction of the plot

for example: The character has powers but with one particular person, she was unable to use it, would it be annoying if it was untold WHY she couldn't use it, because the main reveal here was that she was unable to use it (which was hidden at first), will failing to say why she couldn't use it, annoy the reader?

what about ending the book with a cliffhanger, like introducing a figure/character but not really saying who he is or how he entered the character's life?
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Post by BoyLazy » 01 Oct 2017, 07:59

Doaa Wael wrote:
BoyLazy wrote:It's good if the second part is worth reading. Otherwise, it's often irritating.
what if the mystery was something minor, like not related to the ending of the book or the direction of the plot

for example: The character has powers but with one particular person, she was unable to use it, would it be annoying if it was untold WHY she couldn't use it, because the main reveal here was that she was unable to use it (which was hidden at first), will failing to say why she couldn't use it, annoy the reader?

what about ending the book with a cliffhanger, like introducing a figure/character but not really saying who he is or how he entered the character's life?
Small mysteries are fine for me. Sometimes it go unnoticed. Make sure it stays in mind and it's pleasant.
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Post by Doaa Wael » 01 Oct 2017, 08:04

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Small mysteries are fine for me. Sometimes it go unnoticed. Make sure it stays in mind and it's pleasant.[/quote]


Thank you! Great point about it going unannounced!
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Post by Brandi Noelle » 26 Oct 2017, 14:38

anacmg9211 wrote:I think if there will be a sequel then that's fine, but finishing a book with no intents of continuing on and leaving a mystery unresolved? That would frustrate me a lot, I don't like loose strings. I appreciate more having answers and knowing what happened with everyone. I'm not saying books that end up with unresolved things are bad though, they're just not what I prefer :)
I agree, if there is a sequel in the works, a little unsolved mystery is necessary to provide the proper cliffhanger and leave the reader begging for more. But, in a single novel, it always frustrates me. Especially, if the mystery then looks like a subplot thrown in purely to give a sinking plot a boost in substance. I have read a couple of books recently where the mystery was added near the end, out of the blue, and then made to just drift away again as though illustrating it's absolutely irrelevance. If the characters don't care enough about their own story to give it center stage, then there is no story to tell.

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Post by Sushan » 19 Jun 2018, 14:04

leaving mystery unrevealed will be frustrating from the reader's side. Yet, trying to solve all the mystery will be frustrating to the author. So, I think keeping some parts unrevealed is okay
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Post by echoesofmj » 28 Jun 2018, 10:53

I think that it is okay to leave some mystery unresolved. That leaves room for the readers to fill in. They get the big part resolved, and then small matters, I think they can be left unaddressed. It does leave mystery, and while as a reader, this infuriates me to no end sometimes because I just want to know for sure what is going to happen, as a writer, I absolutely love to do it. (Probably because I know how that matter would be resolved if I were to write the scene.)

I think that you have to leave some room for the reader to participate into the story, and that is a way to do it.

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