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Old June 23 2013, 06:30 AM   #1
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Reading last chapter first

I was looking at a couple of book sites, such as this site and this one both of which asks the question "Do You Read the End First?"

Some of the comments include

“I almost always read the last chapter of a book first. It may be because I like a character and want to make sure they end well. Or I think I have it figured out and can’t wait to find out that I’m right.”
Annie also notes that perhaps one reason she always reads the end first is because “my life is so full of unknowns that to truly escape I have to know exactly where I’m headed.”


This is not something I have ever done but I was wondering what you folks think about such a practice.
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Old June 23 2013, 06:33 AM   #2
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Re: Reading last chapter first

NEVER.

Though there have been times I've had a peek at the very last word.
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Old June 23 2013, 06:34 AM   #3
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Re: Reading last chapter first

If you read Revelation first you will be like.. wha...? And then you won't bother with the rest of it.
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Old June 23 2013, 06:35 AM   #4
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Re: Reading last chapter first

thestrangequark wrote: View Post
NEVER.

Though there have been times I've had a peek at the very last word.
The end word?
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Old June 23 2013, 06:38 AM   #5
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For non-fiction books, I frequently read the final chapter first.
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Old June 23 2013, 06:44 AM   #6
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NEVER.

Though there have been times I've had a peek at the very last word.
The end word?
Not if the end word is end.

I had forgotten that I used to do this...I think I did it most in my early teens, but I've just had a peek at the last word of the novel I am currently reading: alone.

Not surprising. It's a fucking gloomy book. Fascinating, but gloomy.
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Old June 23 2013, 07:01 AM   #7
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Re: Reading last chapter first

I never do that with books, but I often wikipedia a movie before seeing it. Usually if I'm trying to decide if I want to see it.
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Old June 23 2013, 07:13 AM   #8
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I have never read the end first. In fact, the thought never even occurred to me until the OP's post. I have picked a few random paragraphs from the middle of books to get an idea of the tone and writing style, but never enough to give the plot away.

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Old June 23 2013, 07:18 AM   #9
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Re: Reading last chapter first

I only do it with books I don't intend to read but am curious to see what the "twist" or whatever was.
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Old June 23 2013, 07:35 AM   #10
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Never. It wouldn't even occur to me to do so.
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Old June 23 2013, 07:42 AM   #11
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I've never read the whole last chapter, but before I buy a book, I'll read the last couple of paragraphs and a few random pages in the middle.
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Old June 23 2013, 07:57 AM   #12
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I always start at the beginning, and then read until I reach the end. Reading the end first never occurred to me, though I have bailed out in the middle once or twice, because the book just wasn't delivering.
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Old June 23 2013, 08:04 AM   #13
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Re: Reading last chapter first

thestrangequark wrote: View Post
teacake wrote: View Post
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NEVER.

Though there have been times I've had a peek at the very last word.
The end word?
Not if the end word is end.

I had forgotten that I used to do this...I think I did it most in my early teens, but I've just had a peek at the last word of the novel I am currently reading: alone.

Not surprising. It's a fucking gloomy book. Fascinating, but gloomy.
I just looked at the last word of the next paperbook I plan to read - the word is out which isn't very exciting at all. The first word is Hines i.e. the surname.
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Old June 23 2013, 01:43 PM   #14
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Re: Reading last chapter first

That would be a Malcom Reed attitude and that's beneath me.

I might look on reviews though. Even if they have spoiler warnings.
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Old June 23 2013, 01:46 PM   #15
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Re: Reading last chapter first

Obviously in When Harry Met Sally Harry used to read the end of a book just in case he died while he was reading it.

I've never read the end of a book, the closest I ever come is catching a glimpse of the last few sentences if I'm seeing how many pages it has, that's it though. Seems a very odd thing to do.
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