This topic first popped out on my mind when I was talking to my friend a few weeks ago. Well, I just finished Shadow and Bone and it was a really great book so I recommended it to her because I know she also likes fantasy books. I even offered to lend it to her. But unfortunately she turned it down because she wanted to know the ending first. She said that she would read it if the ending was good.
It wasn’t the first time she acted like that. Before I even started TID she also spoiled me the ending of Clockwork Princess which she knew from her other friend. She said the series conclusion was terrible and that she didn’t want to continue the series anymore. But hearing so many recs from my bloggy friends and since I am always curious, I decided to read the whole series and after I was done with Clockwork Princess, I encouraged my friend to continue the series again. Which she also turned down, btw, cause she thought the ending was horrible and unacceptable. BUT she also insisted for me to tell her what happened in the book and the ending.
I am here NOT to criticize her reading habits but I am sure I am not the only one who disagrees with this. I hate spoilers as I think it can ruin readers’ experience. Hell yes, I don’t spoil the twists or the endings in my reviews. I completely understand that people have different habits and preferences, but I was left pondering. Is ending really THAT important that you will sacrifice your reading experience for the sake of knowing the ending first??
Yes, I totally get that an ending should be good. We all like good endings. But say, you are reading a book now and you are REALLY enjoying it. It has amazing characters, beautiful writing, swoon-worthy romance that you are SOOO SURE that you will give it 5 stars. However, your dreams and hopes are crushed when the ending turns out to be… unlike you’ve expected – in a bad way. Will the ending affect your overall rating? Will you give a book a bad rating just because you hate the ending? Will you still give it 4 or 5 stars? I personally would still give that book 4 stars cause I think judging a book solely by the ending is wrong and there are other positive qualities – enough to redeem the bad ending. Unless there are no other positive things, well that’s another story.
So you read a bad ending. You’re kinda “traumatized” with being disappointed. You don’t wanna read books with bad endings anymore. But how do you know whether a book has a good or bad ending? Of course, read the ending first before starting a book. Don’t like the ending?? Pfft why would I bother reading this?? A complete waste of time! Love the ending?? Heck yes I’m sure I will love this one!
People’s opinions, habits and preferences are different. But I am definitely not the kind of person who peeks at the last page before starting a book but perhaps my friend isn’t alone.