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Old June 23 2013, 01:51 PM   #16
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Re: Reading last chapter first

From time to time I have gone to the end and read the last few paragraphs - and immediately regretted it. I can't say why I've done it, just that I have.
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Old June 23 2013, 04:34 PM   #17
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I primarily read murder mystery novels, so reading the last chapter would defeat the whole purpose of the book to me. I want to figure out the mystery on my own as much as possible, and then be treated to a big exciting reveal.

However, like thestrangequark, in my younger days I used to read the very last word of a book, I don't know why! I also don't know why I stopped doing it as I grew older.
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Old June 23 2013, 07:10 PM   #18
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I have a relative who likes to read the end first. Her rationale is that if she's wondering how a book ends, she'll read too quickly and miss a lot of detail. By getting any suspense out of the way first, she can savour the details as she goes along.

I read the whole book in order. Then, if the book was good and I feel like I've missed things, I go back and reread either parts or the whole book.
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Old June 23 2013, 07:11 PM   #19
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Re: Reading last chapter first

I like to read the chapters that were never written.
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Old June 24 2013, 02:49 AM   #20
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Sometimes, I do.
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Old June 24 2013, 03:13 AM   #21
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I don't read the last chapter first. But I read a lot of historical fiction and tend to read the author's notes, which at times spoil the ending.
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Old June 24 2013, 03:27 AM   #22
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I read the end page first sometimes, or at least early on. I like a glimpse of where the story is going, but the ending lacks context, so I don't feel particularly spoiled. The fun for me is in seeing how the characters end up where they do.

I also re-read books despite knowing how everything ends. Do people who don't like spoilers not re-read books?
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Old June 24 2013, 03:49 AM   #23
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I also re-read books despite knowing how everything ends. Do people who don't like spoilers not re-read books?
I know this is true for me. The only books that I have read twice were the Harry Potter books, because there was just so much to take in and the second time around I read it with someone else who hadn't read it before. But besides that, I never re-read books, it just feels pointless since I already know what happens. I also rarely re-watch movies or TV shows. Saves on buying DVDs!
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Old June 24 2013, 04:13 AM   #24
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Re: Reading last chapter first

I have re-read quite a few books. Sometimes they are books that I love (Alive, War of the World, Earth Abides, Mythago Wood) and I re-read for enjoyment/inspiration. There are other that I read many years ago and I have forgotten how they turn out, this is especially true of some of the Agatha Christie books which I read as a teenager and return to about 30 years later.
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Old June 24 2013, 03:52 PM   #25
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I read the end page first sometimes, or at least early on. I like a glimpse of where the story is going, but the ending lacks context, so I don't feel particularly spoiled. The fun for me is in seeing how the characters end up where they do.

I also re-read books despite knowing how everything ends. Do people who don't like spoilers not re-read books?
I almost never reread a fictional book no matter how much I enjoyed it. While I'm sure I'd get more out of a reread, I figure I'll get even more out of reading a new book. In other words, the marginal utility of a new book is greater than the marginal utility of rereading a book.

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Old June 24 2013, 04:33 PM   #26
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I read the end page first sometimes, or at least early on. I like a glimpse of where the story is going, but the ending lacks context, so I don't feel particularly spoiled. The fun for me is in seeing how the characters end up where they do.

I also re-read books despite knowing how everything ends. Do people who don't like spoilers not re-read books?
I don't like spoilers but I do reread books -- rereading a book is a totally different experience to the first time. If a book is worth rereading then it had more going for it than a surprise ending.
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Old June 24 2013, 04:58 PM   #27
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Read the last chapter first? Never done it, never thought of it, can't imagine why I'd do it, and never heard of anyone doing it before this thread.
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Old June 24 2013, 05:24 PM   #28
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I re-read books because I read fairly quickly, so it doesn't cut into my first-time reading. Also, when I'm in the mood for a particular genre, I would rather read a book that I know is good than to gamble on a book that may not meet my expectations or wait for a book to be released that will.
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Old June 24 2013, 06:47 PM   #29
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^ It would have to even if you're a fast reader. You've only got a finite amount of time to read so any time you spend rereading a book can't be spent towards reading a new book.

Not suggesting that you shouldn't reread (sounds like you have good reasons to), but it does in fact cut into your time to to read new books.
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Old June 24 2013, 06:54 PM   #30
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^Meh...I'll miss out on a few new stories to return to familiar loves, and that's fine with me. I've read my favorite book over 100 times..I could have read 99 new books, sure, but that wasn't the experience I was looking for when I picked up my favorite once again.
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