How Doki Doki Literature Club Gets Foreshadowing Right

Doki Doki Literature Club is a visual novel that foreshadows its big twist skillfully. With many hints towards the reveal, a few stand out.

Doki Doki Literature Club is a unique visual novel experience that turns psychological horror, and the way the game foreshadows its unique narrative and story twists is impressive. Despite its cheerful appearance and the familiar, carefree atmosphere of a visual novel with dating sim elements, Doki Doki Literature Club alludes to dark endings and leaves those allusions dangling in plain sight. However, these clues only become apparent as the hints they are after the big reveal, which helps to heighten their impact.

[Warning – Spoilers for Doki Doki Literature Club follow.]

Foreshadowing is a narrative technique that involves the inclusion of hints at the direction the story will take. This literary device is most often used to create suspense or tension for what may happen. Later portions of the narrative can provide the context to view previous events with a new perspective. Foreshadowing can be subtle or blunt, depending on the storytelling goals of the author. Blunt foreshadowing can be useful for creating anticipation for future events while subtle foreshadowing can be enriching when apparent but executed covertly.

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