Before you start reading a book, or even while you’re reading it – do you sneak a peek at the last page or last chapter to see how it ends?
Me – nope, no way, not gonna do it! My oldest daughter – pretty much always sneaks a peek at the end of a book. She did it with Allegiant by Veronica Roth when she was just a few chapters into it. I told her not to, but she did it anyway. And then she put the book down for the rest of summer (those who have read Allegiant know why). Recently, she finally picked up the book again to read and hopefully finish. But she already knows how it ends, or at least how a part of it ends. I told her that there’s so much more to it than just the ending though (not just with Allegiant, but with most books), so hopefully she’ll finish it. She said she likes looking at the end of a book because she HAS to know how it ends and doesn’t really want to be surprised.
We disagree on that. I want to be surprised by a book. Sneaking a peek at the last chapter or page of a book is a spoiler. I don’t like it when people spoil books for me, so I certainly don’t want to spoil it for myself!! Although, I admit, it is hard sometimes – especially if things are looking bleak for favorite characters – to not sneak a peek!! While I want everything to work out nicely for the characters, I don’t want to jump ahead in the story to make sure. I just feel like it’ll ruin the story for me. I don’t even like checking the back of the book for extras or to see how many pages are left because I don’t want to chance seeing a spoiler!
There’s so much more to a story than just how it ends. If I read the ending first, then I might not read the rest of it – what’s the point? Then I’d miss all the events and details that lead to the ending! Think of all the great things we’d miss out on!! Sure, we’d be able to skip all the conflict, tragedy, and anguish some books have (Allegiant), but that’s what helps make a story great and endears the characters to us. So, while I’d love to know what happens at the end of book as soon as possible, I want to know HOW it got to that ending and WHY so much more!!!
So, what about you – do you like being surprised by the ending or do you sneak a peek?