Have you ever laughed at a joke you were never expecting? Have you ever felt fear for a situation that didn’t look like it came out of a horror film? Ever have fun in a place that preys on peoples’ fears? It doesn’t have to be a haunted house, maybe it’s your local financial institution to the guy down the block.

The application of this can be seen in the science of suspense, gone over by Lorenzo Bonoli here.

Where on earth do things like this come from anyway? The science of story? It’s a piece of this wonderful study of plot for those committed individuals. Since there’s an element of story called suspense, why wouldn’t there be one called foyer? To that end, what happens when someone uses it in place of a literary element? We can make our own mindset, so why can’t we make our own applications of systems that already work?

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