books from back to front?

August 23, 2010 7:22pm CST
i cannot get my head around people who read the end of a book first. it's a free world but if you do this could you tell me why as does'nt it spoil the story for you?
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11 responses
@ray0313 (51)
• China
24 Aug 10
I think magazine and new paper can be read in that way. But for story book ...... however if the story is too boring, maybe we choose swallow it.
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
27 Aug 10
Yes, I do read from the back for newspapers and magazines. But NO, not story book. No point in reading the last chapter first. It is meant to be read last, otherwise, they wouldn't name it according to number.
• Philippines
16 Nov 10
Busted! I sometimes do this when I encountered a plot or story that keeps winding up with too many twists and delaying tactics - this makes me mad because the plot or story is going nowhere. I also do this when I feel that I am running out of time and picked a book just to kill time. I don''t feel that I spoiled the story because I did read the majority of the story.
• United States
4 Sep 10
hi gnomeland, sometimes i read the end first, because if i didn't, my curiosity would drive me crazy and i would be distracted at work, thinking about how the book would end. so i read the end first to satisfy my curiosity, and then i can continue to do other things. also, it does not really spoil the ending for me because when i read the end of the book, i don't quite know how it ended there anyway. so what i do is that i sometimes read the last page first, then the first page, then all the way through to the end. then i see how it all fits together. hope this answers your question. but doesn't it drive you crazy not to know the ending of the book when you start reading it?
@gabbymg (128)
• United States
2 Sep 10
I'm guilty of reading the very last line of every book I read. By the time I actually finish the book I forget what was said and most times the last line doesn't give TOO much away. The only time I don't read the last line is if it's a mystery, just in case it gives away the killer or whatever the mystery is! I only do it because it gives me something to look forward to. There are some books that take a bit to pick up and if that last line is great, I want to get into the book and keep reading just to find out if the rest of the book will make that line even better.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
30 Aug 10
I do not read the book back to front but I have been known to read part of the end of a book, usually the last page, because I am just too curious. My husband doesn't understand why I do it and I can't say I do either but I just like to have a "sneak peek". Sometimes it ruins it for me, and other times it doesn't, it just depends on the book for the most part.
@babyimp (151)
• Estonia
27 Aug 10
When I read the end depends what kind of book I'm reading. I read the last few pages if it's a good guy chases the bad guy, because I can't tolerate suspense and I'll know right from the start who the bad guy is. If it's a say Janet Evanovich I prefer an audiobook so I wouldn't be tempted to read the end. Terry Pratchett's books are so good I don't want to read the back, that would ruin the fun.
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
27 Aug 10
A definite NO. I will never ever read the end of a book first. It really spoils the whole story and there won't be any suspense in reading the middle portion of the book. It then makes no sense to even read the book at all when I know what will happen at even before reading the book!
• United States
24 Aug 10
I do that sometimes, but not with everything I read. I usually do it if I feel like seeing what happened/
@youless (91492)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Aug 10
I don't have this habit. I never want to know the ending and then start to read the first page of the book. This is just so weird. When I already know the ending, everything won't be attractive any more. I love China
@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
24 Aug 10
I pretty much make a habit of reading the endings of books first. As for why, partly because I'm too curious to wait. And partly to numb the effect of any nasty surprises. It doesn't really spoil the story because I'm just as interested in finding out how they got to the ending as I am finding out the ending itself. Plus, often, just knowing the ending doesn't tell me everything about the book. It's the context of the entire book that tells me the story.
@jerikjames (1045)
• Philippines
24 Aug 10
I'm guilty of doing just that! And no, it doesn't spoil the book for me. It's just that, I want to know how it will end as I believe it adds to the excitement. The events that would take place in order to reach that kind of ending are the parts that excites me to read. Maybe this is because I look at things logically and I want to know what happened first then finding out how things lead to that conclusion. I'm not sure if my reason is the same as the others who read the end part of a book first. But I'm pretty much sure that reading the ending doesn't spoil the story for them either.