This post is inspired by my mum, today, due to her habit of reading the ending of books first. Now, I just do not understand this. I don’t get why anyone would want to spoil the ending of a book. I’m all about the journey with books; I don’t want to know the ending before I see how they get there. I suppose there are still possible twists and turns that you will discover while reading the rest of the book, but I still don’t want to know how it actually all ends.
I’m not saying I’m never tempted to skip to the ending and see what happens, once I have actually started reading – the suspense can be torturous sometimes and you find yourself just itching to know what happens – but I’ve never read the ending first, before anything else. For me – especially with certain books – I don’t think I would necessarily enjoy the book as much. For example, We Were Liars has a big twist and I think if I had read the ending first and known this twist, I’m not so sure it would have had the same impact on me. If I remember correctly, I sobbed once I read the twist and feel as though I wouldn’t have had this reaction if I already knew the ending – so no spoiling the twist for others, people, or you’ll get no cake. 😉 I’ll admit I have skipped a few pages ahead, or to the next chapter and skimmed the pages to see a bit of what happened, just because I can’t stand not knowing any longer.
Maybe it’s just me: maybe it is possible to read the ending first and still thoroughly enjoy the book. My mum manages to still enjoy books – she is actually reading ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ at the moment and loving it. I’m so proud, haha. I keep shoving books at her, saying “Read this.” She did start it by asking for a book to read as she has run out of books; it started with Fangirl, which she also loved – she has good taste – and continued with me giving her Cinder. Anyway, I have digressed a little… I suppose what I’m wondering is: are there others out there who read the ending first?