Monday, November 21, 2011
READING A BOOK BACKWORDS
How do you read a book? From the beginning to the end? I have one friend, who may be reading this post, who does it like that. Every time. Maybe most of you do it that way, too. Fair dues.
But some of us do it a different way. Some of us read a book backwards, forwards, in the middle and then back to front and back again.
I tend to read a novel from the front to the back until I want to know something - an event that has been foreshadowed, or even how it ends - so I can relax and enjoy the ride.
I hasten to say I rarely read the last few pages in a whodunit, but I have been known to search out names in the last quarter to see if anyone is missing - and then I'll know not to count on them living to the end.
Sometimes peeking makes me wonder if I want to keep reading a particular book, especially when I find out the main characters will, in fact, let me down - usually by letting themselves down or because the author is following a trend I don't like. I would never allow a hero to die!
Sometimes I read a big chunk in the traditional way and then I flip forward until I find out if the section I am reading resolves itself a particular way. People, I find, who read front to back are quite appalled and tell me that I am not doing what the author expects of me. But hey! I'm an author. And I am in and out of my book, and forward, and backward, and inside out and outside in all the time I'm writing - and the end is still often a surprise to me!
My answer to these naysayers who claim I am not doing the right thing reading a book backwards is this. Once I've bought a book it is mine - and I can read it any way I want!
I can't be the only one who does this. Can I?
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