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Do you read the last page of the mystery novel?

 
 
Reply Sun 1 Jun, 2014 02:58 pm
Fess up!
Give your reasons, if you dare.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jun, 2014 03:02 pm
@neologist,
Not until I get there the slow way.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jun, 2014 03:11 pm
@neologist,
Nope. Even if I plan on not finishing a given book because I'm not enjoying it enough to continue on.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jun, 2014 03:18 pm
@neologist,
If the book is too dreary, or has telegraphed the conclusion too loudly, I read the last chapter and leave the book on the subway.
neologist
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jun, 2014 03:22 pm
@ehBeth,
Well, that makes sense.
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oralloy
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jun, 2014 09:01 pm
@neologist,
neologist wrote:
Do you read the last page of the mystery novel?
Fess up!
Give your reasons, if you dare.

I'm not sure that I've ever read a mystery novel. But I frequently do that very thing if I am confronted with a suspenseful book/movie/TV show.

My reasons are that I just plain do not like the suspense of worrying about how things will turn out. I find though, that if I already know what is going to happen, I can sit back and enjoy the story as it unfolds.

I also dislike unhappy endings, and dislike them even more when I am surprised by them. Knowing what will happen ahead of time allows me to abort before I get sucker punched by an unhappy ending.
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 3 Jun, 2014 05:35 am
@neologist,
Way back when I began to be an avid reader and at least through my teens and perhaps my young adult years - I had never read the last page of any novel; at that age it would never even had occured to me to read the last page of a novel. Not until someone mentioned it to me one time did the thought even occur - oh you can flip to the back and read and see what happened. Not that I did it afterwards even after someone once mentioned it.

Some things you just don't do - and to me just doesn't occur to you to do. Like looking in someone's medicine cabinet. Never occurred to me that a person would do that --- until one day I saw it on TV. Again I still don't do it - but now the thought at least is there.
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neologist
 
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Reply Tue 3 Jun, 2014 12:17 pm
@oralloy,
oralloy wrote:
I also dislike unhappy endings, and dislike them even more when I am surprised by them. Knowing what will happen ahead of time allows me to abort before I get sucker punched by an unhappy ending.
I hate it when tragedy triumphs; I'll agree with you there. That's probably why I never watched Titanic.
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