Don’t Tell Me the Ending!
Now that I live in Los Angeles, I perpetually feel three hours behind the rest of the world (also known as New York). Entertainment being spoiled for me is a particular hardship of my location. While I’m the first one to confess just how addicted I am to my phone, I often feel like I have to throw it in the freezer just to avoid any spoilers, particularly when something exciting is happening that people want to tweet or post Facebook updates about, like the Oscars or the season premiere of Homeland. I’ve learned I have to turn off my phone the minute anything good starts airing in NY. But spoilers on books feel like a whole different ballgame. They can come from anywhere at anytime and my hatred of spoilers came to a head this summer when two books that I was so looking forward to were ruined for me.
I’m going to keep these books anonymous so what happened to me doesn’t happen to anyone else. The first book was a historical young adult novel.
While the specifics of the plot were never spoiled, I just kept hearing about how sad it was, and how I would need an entire box of tissues to get through
it. I dedicated an entire afternoon to this book and – with a box of tissues at my side – I dove in. But the tears never came. While I understood on an intellectual level that the book was sad, I felt a little like a robot as I was reading. I was so prepared for tears that never came, because I expected them too much.
The second book was a thriller, and all I kept hearing about was the “twist” I’d never see coming, words that are probably also responsible for the decline
in M. Night Shyamalan’s entire career. If you tell me there’s a “twist”, I’m going to watch for it. I just can’t let myself sink into the story, because I’m second-guessing every word that I read. Not a pleasant way to enjoy any type of entertainment, and I think the word “twist” should be banned from all reviews going forward.
I’m not sure what the answer to any of this is besides trying to keep myself in a media blackout until I can form my own opinion, no matter how twitchy putting down my phone makes me.
Besides co-creating Shelf Pleasure, Kristen Weber works as a freelance book editor. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and pug, and is still trying
to get over the time someone ruined the season finale of Alias for her.
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