Have you ever 'Cheated' while reading a novel?

@muscare (3069)
Australia
May 21, 2007 5:47am CST
This is something I've never done, and never likely to do. Do you flick a few pages ahead ,or even chapters ahead, just to find out something sooner? I used to know peolpe from school who used to do it. If you have ever done this, what was it that was so important, you had to know straight away? Were you worried one of your favourite characters was going to die? If you are like me and have never done this, has there been a novel where you were really eager to find out what is going to happen?
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@stella1989 (2274)
• India
22 May 07
I do sometimes get compulsions from inside me!! To cheat and just go "fastforward" some pages ...lol!! Just to be in hurry to find the end. Sometimes I even tend to "do" that.But after that I feel like I missed something, fastforwarding some pages of your novel takes away the real feeling of the story!! SO I prefer go back again read them first!! hehe !! Some times I do feel like that why are they killing my fav character its crule!! lol But thats so dramatic!!
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
I think that is the way I would feel if I skipped ahead to check up on something, like I am missing something. I hate to have my favourite character killed, but I'd rather not know in advance. I always wish I could get to the end quicker, but I don't think I'll skip ahead to do so!
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• India
22 May 07
I must say thats a better thing !! You should never skip even a single line while reading!!
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
23 May 07
yes, I am very particular, I do hate even missing one line, there might be a crucial point in that sentence!
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@rojane (500)
• Philippines
22 May 07
i do that!!! hahaha! i dunnoh but it seems that reading also brings out some of our personality. in my case, im an impatient person and so if there's an idle part of the novel im reading, i tend to flick a few pages ahead to see what happens next. hehe. i dunnoh but maybe it makes me more eager to read fast all those idle parts so i would reach the exciting part. haha. im such a suspense-killer, ain't i? but it's a totally different case if i read sidney sheldon novels. i don't do it. for me, sidney sheldon doesn't have any idle parts. his books just kept me hanging. :)
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
Hi, rojane. I don't know why I'm not surprised that you flick ahead,ha,ha, maybe as you say, it's a personality thingy,lol! I am actually a bit impatient in life, but can sit through a novel quite patiently, which is surprising to me. I guess at least you have an author where you like to read the whole book in the proper order!
@rojane (500)
• Philippines
23 May 07
hahaha. you're dang right muscare! i wonder why it didn't surprise you at all that i cheat when reading some books when you don't know me well at all. why, do my pictures say something about me being impatient? hahaha. lol! next time, i'll practise to be more patient with the book i'm reading. but i doubt if i can do it. hahaha. lol.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
23 May 07
Well, you know the saying, 'a picture tells a thousand words',lol! Oh, and I have every faith in you about being patient with the next book you read.....hmm, actually, I'm just kidding,lol!
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
21 May 07
I was reading this book. The blurb sounded so good, but the story was dragging & dragging. So, I skipped to the end to see what happened. I'll tell you want - I couldn't figure out how the writer got from this boring story to the end so I actually had to finish the book. The story was pretty good, but the writing was BAD. Its a pity that the writing was so bad that I nearly put it down.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
That sounds like a case where it is lucky you checked the end of the story, but if the writing was that bad, was it really worth it? Did you ever buy any more books by this writer, or the one was enough?!
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
22 May 07
Honestly, I can't remember who wrote it, but I'm guessing it bombed & nobody ever bought another book by the guy. There was another book that I nearly cheated on - but there I was willing to plow on because at least the writing wasn't horrid, it was just confusing. But then again, I wrote a story that I had to keep a chart of who was where - thru all 3 drafts AND the final story.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
23 May 07
I really have a hard time with confusing books, I'm forever flicking back over pages I've already been, just trying to make sense of things! You write as well, that is good. I do a little, and maybe a chart isn't such a bad idea, rather than wasting so much time flicking back through trying to find the right piece of info!
• Japan
19 Jun 07
Depends on the novel actually. If it had a good storyline, I defenetly won't do this even if I was very tempted. I'll make sure I read it every line so I won't missed a things. It's different with reading some romance novel. If I was bored with the storyline, i made a faster reading, off course by flick a few pages or passed a few lines. Why I do that, because I already know what kind of ending on that novel...
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
20 Jun 07
Can't say I've ever read a romance, maybe that's why I haven't cheated with a novel. I guess that is probably a male thing, though. I imagine I'd cheat quite a lot if I had to read one, lol!!
@piropos (312)
• Philippines
22 May 07
I never do this with novels that I read, but I do when watching movies on DVD. I fast forward the scenes just to see what will happen to the hero, how he would escape his predicament (of course we all know that the hero will eventually escape; I want to know how). I find it more enjoyable reading when I read without advancing to find out what will really happen because if I peek in to the next pages just to find out, then it spoils the fun and excitement. Reading a novel or any book is just like chewing food slowly and savoring all its tastes. A movie on the other hand, while it has its own merit, is like shoving food into your mouth and hurrying to swallow all of it. In this way, for me, fast forwarding it will ease the suspense and not let me choke on what I am seeing on the screen.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
Good that you don't read ahead with a book.I can't say I've done it with a dvd, well okay, I have if I've seen it and know of a boring bit in it. I do prefer a good book though, at least the suspense takes longer to build.
• Singapore
22 May 07
Can't recall if I had. But even if I had, I normally don't. I like the suspense lol. Only if I need to stop reading (maybe because it is near my bed time) and I want to finish a particular mini-story in the story would I flip forward to see if how many pages I have to go.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
Oh, I've done that, had a look to see how many pages 'til the end of the chapter, but I never read any words when I do it. I don't think that really counts.
• Malaysia
22 May 07
No I wont.. I dont like to spoil all the fun. Actually, just once. It was when i was reading this book but its not like the normal book, its like a game book. You can choose which actions to choose and each actions leads you to another action..
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
Was that one of those books that tells you to go to page such and such if you pick this cours of action? I've read one or two of those, they are fun, but I don't really think that is cheating with that type of book!
• China
22 May 07
No,i've never done this.Cause i want to compelete a novel without any interuption once i started.I don't like know the outcome of the stroy ahead.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
I agree, its much better to have things falling into place as the story unfolds, rather than out of place and not making as much sense.
@mari_skye (1638)
• Philippines
22 May 07
this is something i haven't done yet. luckily for me i still haven't come across a book that i had to skip a chapter or two. although i did come across a few books that i did not read through the end because it was such a drag.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
Hopefully you never have to. I think I would rather just not finish a book than skip ahead, and if I miss out on a good ending, so be it.
@feliniti (875)
22 May 07
I have to admit I have done this sometimes but not very often. I wouldn't do it if I was really enjoying the book. If the writing is quite long, drawn out and uninteresting then perhaps I would sneak a peek a few pages further on to see how it develops. In fact I have even peeked at the ending to see if it was all worthwhile. Not on my favourite books though, I would be enjoying it too much to spoil the ride.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
A lot of my books that I read are over 500 pages, and agree that at times they take a bit of getting into. I just have faith in the author to eventually get the story to the point where I can really get into the story.
@tyuepsc (189)
• China
22 May 07
No, most of time i just enjoy the process of reading a book from the first page to the last one without jumping to the last chapter to see what the outcome is. I think to see how the plot is set and how the characters's fate are developing is more is much more attracting for me than just having known the outcome of the story.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
I agree with you. The characters need to be built up, just like the story, and you won't get that by jumping around in a book. The outcome isn't important if you don't even know the characters properly.
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
22 May 07
i don't think I've ever done that. cos it spoils the whole point of reading. but I have abandoned books before. cos they were too boring to read. or too meaningless, or the writer was really bad. but if the story is exciting. i will read to the end. and read even more quickly. and relish the ending more!
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
Yes, I'm the same. If I get a book that is boring, I'd be more incline to just not read it rather that skip ahead. I love the way a good story builds, and love to wait til the last page to see it all come together.
@keerthu (33)
• India
22 May 07
there will be no thrill ,if we skip some pages while reading novels. we'll get thrilled only when we completely experience the true essence of the novel.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
I agree, to get the story building to a climax, it needs to be read in the right order.
• United States
22 May 07
I read quite a bit but for me.I would have a hard time understanding the book if I skipped to the end.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
I'm the same. My concentration isn't the greatest, so skipping back and forward would really throw me out. Cover through to the last page is the only way for me.
@lzjilbb (425)
• China
22 May 07
I have never done so. Because I think doing so will break the novel and you will not really get to know what the writer's gonne tell. You are not really enjoying the book if you do so.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
I agree, I like to follow along completely what the author is telling me. I guess I like to read things normally.
@jojogirl (289)
• Philippines
22 May 07
never. i don't wanna miss a thingLOL! i care about the adventures more than the endings. from the first few pages i can say that i would enjoy reading that book or not. i stay away from those books with confusing and dragging first chapters.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
Yes I agree with you, the story builds better when it is read the way it was meant to be read!I manage to sit through dragging chapters in the hope I will not be disappointed by the time I reach the end of the book.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
22 May 07
yes, i've done it before... i am an impatient person and sometimes curiosity just got the better of me and i just want to know the ending straight away... but i didn't do it often... usually, i read the book from the beginning right to the end page by page so that i can follow the whole story and the excitement... otherwise, there is no point in reading the book if i already know how it is going to end...
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
I can be quite impatient too, but I actually surprise myself with how I can sit through reading a novel without skipping ahead. I too, don't like to read a book if I know the end, and I don't think I would.
• United States
22 May 07
Noo way! I would never want to give away anything to myself. Sometimes I try to not even read the back cover because I'm afraid it will give away a surprise in the story. I always make sure I read from start to finish and never ever look ahead, especially the last page! Sometimes I get tempted, wondering what the last page says, but I know I would be really mad at myself if I peeked.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
Yes, I feel the same way, although I do read the back cover. That usually helps me to decide if I am goin to buy the book or not. The temptation is always going to be there for a good book, but it's good that you don't give in to it!
@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
22 May 07
Actually, I can't think of a book where I DIDN'T skip ahead. Usually when I browse through books at the store or the library, I'll read the first page or two and then skip to the end and read the last page before I decide whether I want to buy or borrow the book. It wasn't that anything was all that important, I just have always read the end of books first.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
Does that mean you don't like the suspense of the story. That is a funny way to choose a book. Just wondering if you do it with a mystery novel. Doesn't it sort of spoil the plot a bit?
@BrainTeaser (1430)
• Pakistan
21 May 07
I will say yes if it comes to boring books as just wanted to getrid of them and give them a quick end so skip the mid section and read the last and than The End, but as far as other interesting specially mystery,suspense kind of books ,i dont think i'll ever do that as it will just take away the fun part out of it and than it becomes boring aswell.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
22 May 07
If it's to get through a boring book quickly, that is good way to do it. I think I usually try to sit through the whole thing, thinking it will improve, but usually being disappointed! At least you don't do it with good books, or mystery novels.