10 Twitter Stories With Plot Twists You Won’t See Coming

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“[Luke], I am your father.” That infamous Star Wars line is a prime example of how a well-crafted plot twist can breathe new life into any story.

We’ve been thinking about plot twists this month in Mashable‘s social book club MashableReads, as we read James McBride‘s The Good Lord Bird. As readers follow Little Onion, a slave who is rescued (or kidnapped, depending on who you ask) from slavery by John Brown, The Good Lord Bird shocks readers with a variety of plot twists, including the fact that Little Onion is a boy who is posing as a girl to survive.

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Beastie Boys Fight Back in ‘Girls’ Parody Lawsuit: We Won’t Be Sold

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A legal battle over a parody video advertising a range of empowering girls’ toys got a lot more complicated Monday, as the Beastie Boys fought back against accusations made by toymaker GoldieBlox.

It began last week, when GoldieBlox’s ad “Girls,” based on the 1986 song by the rap trio, went viral (at the time of writing, it had 8.3 million views). The video features three young girls building a Rube Goldberg machine while adding new lyrics to the tune. The original song described women as objects of desire and purveyors of housework; the GoldieBlox version described them as scientists and engineers. Read more…

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