5 Betrayals in Bestsellers

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5 Betrayals in Bestselling Novels
There are (at least) 5 betrayals common in Bestselling novels. These betrayals heighten the emotional stakes and tension in the story.
Here is the whole list:
  •        Internal Betrayal
  •        Physical Betrayal
  •        Family Betrayal
  •        Friend Betrayal
  •        Mentor Betrayal

These 5 betrayals could be split into two categories: Self-betrayal and Other betrayal.

The first two (internal and physical) betrayals fall into the Self-Betrayal category. This is when the character servers as his or her own worst enemy.

The last three betrayals (family,  friend and mentor) fall into the Other Betrayal category. These are betrayals external to the character (and usually involve other characters).

Some Bestselling novels include only one category of betrayals, while others use both kinds. Typically, the more betrayals, the better story.

We’ll look at each individual betrayal and how to use it in a story for maximum impact in the next few posts.

 

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Christopher Kokoski is a speaker, trainer and author of Wicker Hollow and the Past Lives novel series.

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