This may contain very minor spoilers for Brandon Sanderson's Well of Ascension. Okay, this seems like a very strange comparison, considering that these two authors are completely different, but I always see George RR Martin getting a lot of credit for his shocking plot twists. I just finished a re-read of Well of Ascension, and I can't help but think the way Brandon Sanderson was able to twist his plots took a lot more talent than GRRM's shock value. Now I'm not trying to say that Brandon Sanderson is a better writer, he's nowhere close in terms of characterization and world-building. But getting shock value is easy to do if you just kill off someone everyone thinks is a main character. That's what Storm of Swords twists consist of. But what Sanderson does in Well of Ascension is amazing. He leads you completely in the wrong direction, the entire time foreshadowing the fact that he's leading you completely in the wrong direction, and still surprises you at the end. The ability to twist plots to unpredictability isn't overly difficult. It's the way Sanderson does it in basically all his books that amazes me. Am I out to lunch here, or do people agree with me on this?