While reading suspense thrillers or mysteries do you read the end before you..

@kiran8 (15360)
Mangalore, India
July 13, 2011 11:28am CST
Do you read the last pages half way through? I used to this once upon a time....but now I never do it because I feel that it really kills half the interest in the book .But some of my friends do read and feel that it doesn't really matter because what is more important is the details and the descriptions one reads in a book ...
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@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
13 Jul 11
hi Kiran madam, once again you have changed your avatar,but i do not wish to change my username and avatar also,my another user name is Thisyarakshita, i have not read any English novels and i have read only Telugu detective novels of Madhu babu and Kommuri sambasiva rao,both are famous writers, i comple the novel and i never read the end before with out complete the novel,have a nice day
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi sreedhar loo, yes I have changed my avatar once again, what do you think of it?You mean you have another account under that name Thisyarkshita?I too never read the end since it makes the novel less interesting once you know the end - take care and happy mylotting
@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
14 Jul 11
hi kiran madam, thanks for the response, i do not wish to change my avatar,but the avatar name thisyarakshita not in this site, this is my future avatar name for future blogs etc etc, i too enjoyed the reading Novels but all are in Telugu language only,have your school days started once again,have a nice day
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
17 Jul 11
Hi sreedhar, the schools have begun ! I know that there are many good telugu writers who write suspense thrillers.I once read a book in Kannada which was actually translated from Telugu written by a writer called yendamoori...someone, cant remember the name now...
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
14 Jul 11
Hi Kiran! Quite Interesting post! I would not read the end page till I reach there page by page. I do not want to kill the charm of gradually knowing the secret. If I read the last page before reading the other pages, I may not like to read the entire story/Novel.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi deepak, very true ! but you may be surprised to know that there are many who read the end first and then begin on the novel LOL. I find that strange ! I have a friend who does exactly that and she also wants to announce it to everyone which is really annoying. Now we ask her to shut up the moment she opens her mouth to tell us about any book that she has read...
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
15 Jul 11
Your friend appears too smart .............. The writer builds up the story step by step so that readers could read the entire story from beginning to end. The charm is lost if one reads the last chapter in advance and more so start disclosing it to others, who have not read the story till the end.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
16 Jul 11
I agree that one has to read the book from start to finish to really enjoy the story.It is the same with a suspense thriller movie and when someone who has already seen o it comes and tells you the end it is really annoying....
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
13 Jul 11
I have only ONCE read the end of the book before I finished it... I was really HATING the book and wanted to know if it was going to "pay off" in the end... It wasn't a suspense tho, it was what SHOULD'VE been my favorite kind of book - science fiction/time travel... But the end made so little sense I had to finish reading the darn book to find out how it got there... Honestly, it NEVER improved, but it did manage to make the story so that the end made sense, but it was one of the worst things I ever finished. I would read a chapter and then go and read a few pages further from the end to see if I could make sense out of it... I think the IDEA of the story was good, and the method of time travel interesting, but the hero was a jerk, the love interest was... well until the last few chapters, not that interesting, in fact, the ONLY person I liked was the guy who figured out the method of time travel and he got left in the first few chapters to follow the jerk...
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi Elic, I guess when a book is not too absorbing one feels like finishing it quickly - I have done that with a couple of books and read the end just to see if its really worth reading or even skipped pages and read in between...I can imagine how it feels when a book falls flat after a few pages..thanks a lot and all the best
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
14 Jul 11
I wish that book had been better... I remember my mother would sometimes, very seldom, look at the last pages - but I think that was to see if she were right about the guilty party - since she mostly read mysteries...
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
13 Jul 11
(hangs head in shame) yes, i am guilty of doing that. i seldom read fiction but often skip to the end to see what happened.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi cher, lol you have company , I know of may others who do that and believe me, they can never read a book unless they have already read the last few pages... thanks a lot for your response and all the best
19 Jul 11
I don't see the point in skipping ahead in a Thriller type book. Doing so is just short changing yourself, as it kills the suspense. Now if the author, is really bad..it's an option. However, I always try to plow through anyway, as it pays out in the end(Learning the outcome of the storyline etc..)
• United States
16 Jul 11
This is almost blasphemy for me! I'm in agreement with many of the other posters that the journey to the end should be part of the excitement of reading. You ARE talking about reading "suspense" so you need to build that suspense to the conclusion of the story or case. Of course, I can be a bit obsessive about things like this. I also must read a series of books in the correct order and not jump back and forth. I enjoy the gradual changes in the characters and to understand the background stories of the regular character. I admit I've sometimes gotten a book that is in the middle of the series because it was recommended to me, but if I like the book I then go back and begin with book one!! I even have a hard time stopping a book, even if I don't like it. I keep feeling that "it must get better by the end!". My husband makes fun of this when he hears me moaning that a still have x number of pages to go and it's just dragging. He says, "then quit", although he knows I won't!
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
17 Jul 11
Hi twinmom,thanks a lot for sharing your views you are definite about how you want to read your book.I too prefer to read from the beginning to end and not change the order lol - all the best
• United States
16 Jul 11
I love for the book to build up.I do not skip around through the pages.I think it takes away from the story.Instead I read my book page by page.I get excited and read it all the way through until the end.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
17 Jul 11
Hi whispers, thanks a lot for sharing your views Yes it is best to do that, read page by page and wait for the last pages instead of taking a peek at it right at the beginning lol...all the best
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
15 Jul 11
hello kiran, i dont. i always read from the beginning. i feel that if i read the back, it would spoil the thrill in the story. have a nice day. ann
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
16 Jul 11
Hi ann, thanks a lot for your responseExactly ! I too feel the same way...It is only when I have lost interest in the book and do not want to complete the book that I read the last pages, just to see how the story ended..
• Philippines
14 Jul 11
When I read the last chapter of a book of mystery or thriller, I at once lose the motivation to read all the preceding pages. So I really have to steel myself against the temptation to read the last chapter, unless I really don't have the time to read the entire book. Or if I can't afford to buy the book. So at the bookstore, if the storekeeper does not rebuke me, I just read the last chapter.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi RBB, thanks a lot for your responseI have seen some people do that at the book store, they read a few pages in the beginning and then read the last page....However, most people prefer to read the book through without knowing the end..all the best
@anil02 (2968)
• India
14 Jul 11
Hello Kiran ji, I never like to read last pages of books. Indeed every story have it's flow, so it interesting read in it's flow.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Yes indeed anil, it is far more interesting to read a book through without knowing what is going to happen and keeping the suspense intact until the last pages..
@dodo19 (32873)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
14 Jul 11
I can't say that it's something that I've ever really done. I've always read books from start to finish. I much rather read a book from start to finish. I can understand why some want to read the end before reading the rest, but it's not the way that I prefer doing it.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi dodo, thanks a lot for your response Most people who are regualr readers never want to read the end first, they would rather wait..all the best and happy mylotting
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
14 Jul 11
It depends on the book, the type of story or how well written it is. There are books that you know who the killer is a chapter into the book and you think there is no point in continuing, that is the type of book I may skip ahead, and if the killer is someone totally different, that I never suspected, I will read with a greater interest, to see how the author justifies their choice. Then there are several that I skip just to see what will happen next even though I do save the ending, to get the surprise at the end.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
15 Jul 11
Hi leeloo, thanks a lot for your responseI agree that if the book is not very interesting then we tend to skip pages and read the end...However, when the book is interesting you feel like reading it page by page and never read the end until you reach it - all the best and happy mylotting
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
13 Jul 11
I never read the back of the book first, or even peak at it. I don't like to ruin the surprise. I like to try to guess what will happen as I'm reading the book. Sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong. That is what makes it fun though.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi ravinskye, thanks a lot for o your responseYes I agree, for most of us it is far more interesting when the mystery is solved right at the end when we reach the last pages ...
@clamee (63)
• Philippines
13 Jul 11
Yes! I always read the last chapter or last 3 pages of the book especially when I really want to know how the story will end up but feels so sleepy to read the whole book. So to have a peace of mind in my sleep I read the ending first. :D Like your friends it doesn't really matter to me. And it doesn't kill the excitement while reading the the book even though I already know how will it end ^^
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi clamee,that is a novel explanation , read the end and sleep in peace lol.. as long as you are happy doing it what does it matter? That's what someone I know tells, that she is much happier knowing the end when she starts on a book...
@bouncybug (615)
• South Africa
13 Jul 11
I could never read the end of a book before I had got there! For someone like me who reads a lot, I think that reading the end would completely ruin the whole book - what would be the point then of continuing to read if you already know the end, which in a thriller or a mystery is usually very unexpected and a but if a twist in the story! Its the whole excitement of getting to the end of a novel and finally finding out what happens that makes a book exciting and worthwhile! So personally, I could never do this.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi bouncybug,Thats the whole point ! It is the same case with me, I read almost every single day so I would not want to spoil the pleasure of reading.But I know of a lot of readers who do it.The worst case is when people who have already read the book telling you who is the murderer or what the end is.It is so annoying
@maezee (32269)
• United States
13 Jul 11
No way!!! Cheater!!!! Lmao. I have never done this. Ever. Because it would seriously spoil the suspense for me! Sure, the journey and twists and turns are important but what's MOST (usually) important is WHO DID IT!!
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi mazee, lol It is cheating....When I was in college I used to do it. I read the last pages of one of the books by Agatha Christie and of course it dint seem as interesting.After that I stopped reading the end....thanks a lot maezee and all the best
@BeckyAnn (266)
• United States
13 Jul 11
I skip all the way to the very last page and read the very last line or two. Although, I'm not so tempted to do this anymore after I did it with Orwell's 1984...It made the book five times as chilling to read through. D: And it isn't just suspense or mystery books--I do it with every book.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi BeckyAnn,thanks a lot for sharing your views I have a friend who reads the beginning and the end and a couple of pages in between at intervals and tells me that she is able to understand the whole book - But I wonder if that is so?...all the best
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
13 Jul 11
I used to do this with books! I would be reading then I'd skip to the last chapter and read it! Such an anxious reader I am! It irritates one of my friends that I do this, they always tell me there's no point to it and I Am just going to ruin the story for myself. Ya know what? I do end up doing that too!
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi SC,lol it was exactly what I would do before !Of late I have got out of doing it and am enjoying the books more than I did when I used to know the end...thanks a lot for your response
@akp100 (13328)
• India
13 Jul 11
Hi :) I am not much in reading.. And also mostly i can't complete the novels. Give up after reading half.. But I am interested in reading suspense and mysteries kind of books. But I never read the last pages before completing starting part.
@kiran8 (15360)
• Mangalore, India
14 Jul 11
Hi akp,I know of many people who read a novel half way through and leave it, I just cant understand how they can do it? If the book is very interesting I sometimes sit all through the night and complete it lol ...thanks a lot for your response , happy mylotting