226. Interview

I love media that takes a turn. In literature, garden path sentences take the reader on a journey and then whammo...  the last part of the sentence goes elsewhere through grammatical trickery. Examples of that:

-The horse raced past the barn fell.

-The old man the boat.

-The florist sent the flowers was pleased.

-The cotton clothing is made of grows in Mississippi.

In cinema, I hate to say it, but one of the best examples is still The Sixth Sense. The way you understand the movie completely changes after the 'tweeest'. Everything you just saw for one hour and a half had to be reframed. Has anything since that movie really snuck up on you?

In video games, Knight of the Old Republic really did a number on the player, as we found out (spoiler for a 20 year old game to follow) that the character we've been playing was the evil douche we've been chasing all along. 

In real life, I guess we can say 2016 was a good example. Up to that point most people believed that the USA had a semblance of sanity and had some of their crap together. After 2016 the whole world has doubts that we were ever sane in the USA.

One of my favorite webcomics is the epitome of this effect. It's this one from Scribbly G. I just love how I felt reading that last panel and taking that extra second with it.

So, this is my sad attempt at a visual garden-path sentence. 


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