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Booking Through Thursday — Cheating

March 3, 2011

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It’s Thursday and time for Booking through Thursday.  Today’s Question is as follows:

Do you cheat and peek at the ends of books? (Come on, be honest.)

My Answer …

I can honestly say that I never do.  I’m a very formulaic person and stick to certain rules and one of those rules is that you read a book from the front cover to the back cover and that’s just the way it is.  For me peeking would be like ruining the book, I’d lose out on something.  Maybe I’d miss out on the subtle plot clues that lead me to believe one way when it’s really another.  If I just cheated and looked at the end for me the whole experience gets ruined.

I’m the same way with movies.  If someone tells me what happens at the end of the movie, I feel I lose out on so much of the experience.  For instance **Spoiler Alert** Someone told me that Bruce Willis’s character was dead before I saw the movie the Sixth Sense.  It ruined my entire experience of the movie, I didn’t get to have that a-ha moment.  Sorry for using a movie metaphor, but since I don’t cheat in books, I can’t think of a case where I’ve completely ruined a book for myself.

Though there are the classics that we all know about.  We all know how Romeo and Juliet goes, so I guess it doesn’t always completely ruin the experience.  I just don’t like to be the one that does it to myself … I like to be kept in the dark and guessing.

Overall though I hate cheating.  I like to follow the pattern an author weaves for me and I feel awkward and lost if I disrupt that pattern.  As I said before I’m a very formulaic person and structured individual when it comes to most things in life and that includes reading.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2011 7:08 am

    Yup, I am like you, only more anal about it! Wayyyyy more anal about it 🙂

  2. March 3, 2011 10:11 am

    I completely agree that there are important and subtle plot clues along the way that the reader would miss by skipping to the end.


  3. March 3, 2011 10:24 am

    No, I hate knowing the ending before I get there (unless I re-watching a film, but then that’s never as good as watching it for the 1st time!).

  4. March 3, 2011 11:04 am

    I have to look at the ending of a book – it’s like the crazy compulsion with me. Same with movies.

  5. March 3, 2011 5:02 pm

    I just can’t look!!

  6. March 3, 2011 5:07 pm

    Liked how you expressed your thoughts on this question – you said what I wanted to say, but only better 🙂

    Here’s my Cheating (Booking Through Thursday) post!

  7. March 3, 2011 6:00 pm

    I never look at the end either. I like to be surprised. Good comparison with that movie. Knowing the end of that particular movie would have definitely ruined it for me.

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