How to Use Surprise to Build Suspense
from Writer's Digest
In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut discussed their work during a marathon lasting 50 hours over five days. The two great directors and their French/English interpreter barely paused for meals. It was during this conversation that Hitchcock gave his famous surprise versus suspense example — the bomb planted in the café. He used this example to demonstrate that contrary to popular belief, suspense is far more engaging than surprise.
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