Welcome to What Do You Think Thursday, a periodic discussion post on my blog!
Last week we discussed happy endings. This week, I'm curious: if you need that happy ending, do you peek to make sure it's there?
Confession: I am a peeker, a spoiler-seeker, someone who thinks it's totally okay to look at the last page of the book before I actually get there.
This may be shocking to some of you. If you aren't shocked, you probably peek too. (I call it peeking because I do it fast. Just a tiny little peek...)
I've been thinking about my habit. I don't peek under every circumstance. Sometimes I do it if I'm not enjoying a book and want to see where it's going to end up. But most of the time, I tend to peek when I am very, very invested in a particular outcome. If I'm happy with any outcome, I don't peek. For instance, when I was pregnant, I told the doctor I didn't want to know the baby's gender. I truly didn't care if I had a boy or a girl, so I was fine with not knowing. (My husband knows my curious, snoopy tendency and the fact that I didn't want to know this time drove him nearly insane. His rationale: it's a surprise whenever you find out.)
However, if I AM invested in an outcome, I peek. If I'm reading a book with a love triangle in which I detest one of the members, or if I sense something very bad coming and I need to know if I'm right, I peek. I think that it helps me be more emotionally prepared for disappointment and/or sadness. And, hey, it's a surprise whenever you find out. Or so I hear...
I confess to taking a quick peek at the ending of these books:
Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
(I've peeked at waaaay more. Trying to remember. Will add to the list.)
Are you a peeker? A spoiler-seeker? Or are you someone who thinks I should: