NotEvenGodKnows
The creator keeps a plot point secret even for himself


(permanent link) added: 2011-12-18 23:03:26 sponsor: FallenLegend (last reply: 2011-12-21 04:00:15)

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“The First Question, the oldest question in the Universe, that must never be answered, hidden in plain sight.Doctor Who?”

The author of a fictional work is the architect of a fictional work and essentially the god of his fictional universe. That means he/she must know everything right?, After all the author just needs to make up some explanation even if it is an Ass Pull and it becomes canon right?...Except when they don't

Some authors like to keep plot points ambiguous, not just to keep their audience guessing but because they want to keep the mystery for themselves as if they were part of the audience(at least temporally).

Not to be confused when the author simply wants everyone to have their "own interpretation". For this trope to apply there must be a truth that is unknown not just subjetive as there might be clues to the "real" answer...

When this trope is part of the ending it becomes either an Ambiguous Ending or a Gainax Ending.

Anime & Manga

Literature
  • Not even Tolkien knew who Tom Bombadil was.

Live-Action TV
  • In Doctor Who nobody (not even the show writters) but the doctor know the doctor's name.
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