There is nothing more frustrating to me than when a main character has a piece of information that would solve everything if he/she just TOLD someone!!!
They know their best friend is cheating/on drugs/running away but loyalty keeps them from telling.
They know the bad guy is up to no good but can’t tell someone because ‘tattling’ could result in harm for someone they love.
They’re being blackmailed or they’re afraid people will turn against them if they tell.
Maybe it’s just the simple fact that no one likes a tattle tale.
I know it’s a commonly-used plot device but it drives me nuts – Mostly because just as much bad comes from withholding information than good. It’s the moral of every story and yet…it doesn’t seem to stop us from using the scenario over and over again.
Even though it builds tension and ups the stakes, I find it refreshing when books bypass the ‘tattle-tale’ scenario altogether and take the road less traveled.
The girl TELLS the boyfriend she has feelings for someone else instead of denying them for chapters upon chapters.
The boy TELLS the authorities when scary notes start showing up on his windshield instead of investigating on his own.
When the bad guy threatens to hurt the MC’s girl if he doesn’t go along with his plan to start war between two races- he TELLS the important people and they bring the bad guy down together instead of spending lonely months turning away from those he loves in order to protect them.
Maybe it’s just me.
Do you enjoy a good ol’ fashioned ‘I COULD TELL YOU BUT I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU’ scenario or do you prefer tension to be amplified in other ways?