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#1 Oriental lily

Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:24 PM

I do. blush.gif

The more I like a book the more I am likely to do it.
Especially if I am worried a character is going to be killed of.  I try and just glance for the names  to see if they are still involved. Without reading to much.

But I do occasionally read up to about the last five pages.

I try sooo hard to resist but can't help it.

Is a shameful weakness.

Spoilers rarely annoy me either.

Like I watched the hobbit last night which is a prequel, I have also read it in book form. So I pretty much knw exactly what's going to happen yet I still enjoyed it.

So what's the difference when so called spoiling the end by reading the last pages and getting a vague idea on what's going to happen?

Anyone willing to fess up?



#2 Oriental lily

Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:25 PM

Oops damn this was supposed to be in misc!!!!

My vent is I should have put this in misc lol.

#3 Bluemakede

Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

I do, I don't find it spoils anything for me, same with movies and tv shows, I often ask others what happens and will still watch it with bated breath. If I like a book enough I will read it all anyway whether I know the ending of not.

My mother refuses to read the end first, so I like to read the end of her books and then pretend I'm going to reveal all to her lol.

#4 Super Cat

Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

Lol yes I do. I read the first chapter or so then the last five or so pages, then the rest of the book with the last five pages again. Spoilers don't bother me either.

#5 Zeppelina

Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:32 PM

Oh yes, I do it when there's a series I'm reading. My wedding day was the release date for the final Harry Potter book, so on the morning of my wedding I was lining up to get my (pre-ordered) book. I then went home and snuck into the bathroom, and read the final chapter. I had to know! No way I could get married without knowing who lived. I also did similar the other day with the final Wheel of Time book - sat in the car after picking it up, and read the last 2 pages (only - I've invested too many years reading it to find out what happens to everyone, I just needed to know that a certain person lived!)

Also, if I know there are spoilers out there, I will look for them. I won't read them if they are too detailed, I usually just want to get an idea of what happens to one or two characters.

QUOTE (Super Cat @ 12/01/2013, 05:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lol yes I do. I read the first chapter or so then the last five or so pages, then the rest of the book with the last five pages again. Spoilers don't bother me either.


Yes, this is what I do! I find it just helps me enjoy the book more, as I'm able to relax.

#6 ~Winter~

Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

No and I've never even thought about doing it. It would ruin the book for me. Finding out the ending is the best part and if there is a massive twist at the end I would be waiting for it the whole book.

I read really fast anyway so most books don't take more that one night/day

#7 SylviaPlath

Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

I haven't done it with a book, but I did google the future episodes of one of the seasons of Dexter. I was having such terrible anxiety that he would get caught, I couldn't sleep! Lol.

It made the ending less climatic, but I wouldn't have done anything differently.

#8 MrsDoyle

Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

I do, and i hate myself for it!  I wish i could resist, but apparently i can't.

Recently i looked up some spoilers for the Game Of Thrones books i was reading.  Very exciting, but when the scenes actually happened, it was a bit anti climactic.  And i can't help but wonder if i would have read it differently if i didn't know what was going to happen.

#9 Frazzled Cat

Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:46 PM

Nope.  I do a page 99 test with a new author to see if I can stand the writing style, then I read it in the correct order - Prologue to epilogue!

#10 Starrydawn

Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:56 PM

No way. I wold never ruin a read like that. I have never undertood the need to do it.

#11 unicorn

Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

I used to, that is one of the downsides to a Kindle, you can't really just flick through pages, even finding the blurb is a PITA. Now I just read from 1% through to 99%.

#12 Oriental lily

Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

On the iPad kindle app it's easy.
You just slide the little bar at the bottom.

Easier than a real book.

#13 ubermum

Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

No way. I can't understand why you would ever want to. There is nothing better than a good twist at the end that you didn't see coming.

#14 BobTony

Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

Yep, having a Kindle really cured me of that habit laugh.gif

Edited by HappyNewBob!, 12 January 2013 - 05:05 PM.


#15 CFMummy

Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:08 PM

I use to do this all the time havnt done since I forced myself to read HP7 from the start to end without spoiling it. I actually found I enjoyed it more not knowing if he lived or died

#16 Oriental lily

Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:08 PM

It's the suspense!!!!

Kinda of like searching for hidden christmas presents.

Which I actually don't do.

But I did as a kid.

#17 Ianthe

Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:34 PM

Never, never, never, never, never.

The idea is very upsetting to me. Which is weird because I can re read books.

#18 hoohoobump

Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

QUOTE (Oriental lily @ 12/01/2013, 05:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's the suspense!!!!

Kinda of like searching for hidden christmas presents.

Which I actually don't do.

But I did as a kid.



Exactly! I just can't wait to know. I like to just skim the end and sometimes here and there throughout the book to get a taster.

Christmas presents don't get labels in my family for a reason...

#19 seayork2002

Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:45 PM

I do sometimes, but usually only when I am getting incredibly bored but still want to find out what happens (Time Travelers Wife most boring ever) or I am liking a book but it annoys me as it is too long or detailed or I just can't wait.

#20 prettypenny

Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

QUOTE (MrsDoyle @ 12/01/2013, 05:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I do, and i hate myself for it!  I wish i could resist, but apparently i can't.


Me too unsure.gif

The better the book more likely I am to do it.

When there's a delayed telecast of sports match, I always check the radio/ internet for  the score and my DH hates me doing it.

I have no patience sad.gif


#21 JustBeige

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

No.

I have only done it once many many years ago and I was so disappointed that I ended up not reading the rest of the book.

lol, cured me for life it did.


ETA: I just remembered I did do it on the last couple of Robert Jordan books I read (6 and 7) I think it was.  They were so excruciatingly painful to read and the characters just made me want to smack them, that I wanted to know the ending so i could say that I had finished the silly things.

Edited by JustBeige, 12 January 2013 - 08:02 PM.


#22 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:23 PM

I do, and it doesn't ruin the end for me as I either forget what happens or don't understand the context anyway.

I'm one of these people that has to Wikipedia a plot of a movie before watching it.

Lol I really hate not knowing what is going to happen.

I had a friend at book club who was the complete opposite and wouldn't even want to know what the next book was remotely about. She wouldn't even read the back cover.

Everyone is different.

#23 miinii

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:27 PM

NO WAY!!!! I couldnt do it. What i do do is flick to the last page and read only the very last word original.gif

#24 Coffeemagic

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

QUOTE (ubermum @ 12/01/2013, 06:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No way. I can't understand why you would ever want to. There is nothing better than a good twist at the end that you didn't see coming.


Agreed

#25 lilmissmars

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:26 PM

I did when I was a child but not now.

If I know the ending I don't finish the book. It just wrecks it for me.

Realistically I only take a couple of days to read an average size novel so my level of suspense isn't prolonged enough for me to want to peek original.gif




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