I love to read fiction and I strongly dislike it when..............

United States
July 25, 2008 1:35am CST
I love to read fiction and I strongly dislike it when people who have read the book I am currently reading (and know that I am currently reading it) discuss themes about the book and drop hints about the book I am reading. This often occurs at my job. We are librarians who enjoy reading alot. I am gradually trying to make my colleagues realize that I don't enjoy hearing them discuss the book I am reading. I want to learn about the plot and characters I am reading about on my own, and not find out what is going to happen at the end of the book..... How do you feel about this issue?
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6 responses
• India
25 Jul 08
Spoilers..everybody hates them. Someone spoiled 5th Harry Potter book for me after 2 years of waiting for the book. Punched him in the face!
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• United States
25 Jul 08
Oh, that's terrible!
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• United States
26 Jul 08
lol.... U punched him in the face! AGRGRESSIVE! Although I would probobly do the same after waiting that long for something and then someone just ruines it. I also hate when animals talk in books!
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
26 Jul 08
There are times you may want a little more knowledge of a book or movie before committing yourself to reading or watching it,in my case it might be if I'd read the book and was going to see the movie (or DVD) based on it later..But having spoilers thrown your way when you want to stick your fingers in your ears and go "I can't hear You!!" is no fun at all...I don't have many friends that are readers,so that's a bit of a seesaw for Me..I don't have people pestering me while reading a book,but at the same time there's times I'd like to have someone else's opinion! You'd think Librarians would have more tact around books,especially if they know You're reading a book they want to discuss openly!
• United States
26 Jul 08
Thanks so much for your contribution to this discussion.
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@DreamOn01 (146)
• United States
25 Jul 08
No serious reader likes spoilers. I know I don't. I dated a guy years ago who used to recommend books, and when he'd finally talk me into reading the book, he'd spoil some of the details when I was halfway through the book. It drove me crazy and made me less enthusiastic to read the book. Strangely enough, I worked at a public library all through college, and none of my co-workers ever discussed details or endings of books, although they'd occasionally want to discuss the book when I was finished, which was fine.
• United States
25 Jul 08
Yes, it is wonderful to discuss a book after we are finished reading it. Yesterday, I told a colleague of mine that I was really looking forward to discussing the book I am now reading after I finish reading it.
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@deem1977 (242)
• United States
25 Jul 08
That really bothers me too, because even if they don't let the ending slip, I find myself recalling their comments as I continue to read the book and that is a kind of "spoiler" too. I like to discover a book as I read it on my own. I don't like to "hear" someone else's voice as I am reading the book -- other than the characters or the author.
• United States
25 Jul 08
Yes, yes, yes!!! I feel exactly as you do.
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• United States
25 Jul 08
I work in a library, also, and no one ever discusses books with me at all. I don't read all that much anymore and most of us are too busy in our personal lives to really read a lot. We also have a lot of different tastes when it comes to reading, too. We're more likely to discuss movies and television. Still, we really don't talk about all that much because we're so busy. However, patrons might do exactly what you say your co-workers do and tell us everything that goes on in a book. Also, my mom does that with movies. She tells me everything that goes on in a movie she rented and then I don't want to see it.
• United States
25 Jul 08
Yes, it is equally bad when it pertains to a movie, too.
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@Foxfire1875 (2011)
25 Jul 08
I really hate that too. Why can't they wait till you are finished and then you can discuss it together. Fair enough if you ask them but why would you do that. Everybody should be able to read a book and draw their own conclusions and feelings about the characters.
• United States
25 Jul 08
well said!!!
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