The List of Twists That Could Have Happened!

August 24, 2016
Janine Perez
Riveted Editorial Board

I consider my overactive imagination my greatest quality! Sure, sometimes it gets me into trouble—like when my mom doesn’t answer my phone call right away and I immediately think she’s lost in a ditch somewhere without her glasses and with no way of getting home. But most of the time, it provides me with hours of entertainment. I don’t just look into the sky and appreciate the beauty; I make shapes out of the clouds and imagine epic battles over love and kingdoms! Likewise, I don’t just read a book that’s in front of me and accept it at face value. I tend to go off on long tangents, imagining “what if” something else had happened instead. I like to think of it as my list of twists that could have happened. For a long time, I had accepted that I was strange, but I’ve recently found out that I’m not the only one who does this!

Here is the Riveted Editorial Board’s List of Twists that Could Have Happened!

Spoilers ahead

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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What if, instead of wallowing in sadness after Edward left her, Bella got angry. What if she decided that she was going to go out there and do the most badass things she could think of as a way to stick it to Edward and show she could handle anything that came her way.

Imagine Bella out there, running and exercising; training to be epic in her own right. Imagine if she trained through her awkwardness, and instead of just being a helpless girl running along with the werewolves, she was able to keep up with them! She would still become an adrenaline junkie, hoping to see Edward when she pushed herself to crazy extremes, but no one would have suspected anything because she was just that into extreme things. Then instead of sneaking away and jumping off the cliff, she could have been openly cliff diving with them because they knew she could handle it. She would have still gotten to the cliff, and everything else still could have happened, but we would have a much more badass Bella.

—Janine Perez

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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What if, after coming into the possession of the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility, Harry Potter decided to use those items for evil and selfish desires and not for good. He would’ve abandoned the mission to finish off Voldemort’s horcruxes and Voldemort himself, leaving Ron, Hermione, and the Order of the Phoenix to attempt this. The horcrux inside of Harry would’ve taken over as he attempted to gain more strength and power than any other wizard, continuing Voldemort’s legacy. Having so much charisma and fame in the wizarding world, Harry would rise to become the new Minister of Magic, implementing radical laws against Muggleborns, half-bloods, and Squibs, essentially abandoning all of his beliefs in the pursuit of power. Ron, Hermione, and The Order would then have to try, though painfully, to defeat The Boy They Once Loved.

I mean if it would’ve meant more Harry Potter novels, I might’ve been down for this alternative ending.

Aubrey Churchward

Looking for Alaska

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What if Alaska wasn’t even real and she was a projection of Pudge’s innermost desire to be interesting. He wants so desperately to be something more than he is that his own motto is François Rabelais’s last words: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” Then, when Alaska is no longer there it’s because he’s come into his own self and no longer needs her. Having projected outward for the greater part of the year, he’s suddenly lost in what he’s already found; it just takes him a few pranks to unravel.

—Audrey Gibbons


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What if Tris didn’t die.

Chelsea Fought

The Last Boy and Girl In the World

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What if the whole town going under water thing was just a conspiracy to get the townspeople out of the way for a luxury construction building. It could have been up to Keeley and Levi to figure out the truth and save the day!

Keri Horan

Do you have any fun twist or what if to add? Tell us in the comments!

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