Through my daily Google Alert I discovered this site which contained:
When I read detective, crime or mystery fiction I always read the end first in order to be free of the distraction of trying to work out the who, why, what and where questions which would mar my enjoyment of the unfolding.
I'm not sure what this blogger is claiming to be, but comments are closed on her blog too, otherwise I would have taxed her on this statement.
Please tell me you don't read the ending first! How could you deprive yourself of the development of plot and character, the building of suspense, and then the cathartic experience of the resolution of the whodunnit.
A statement like that really draws into question the issue of why you would read a mystery book in the first place.
I wonder how common the practice of reading the ending first is?
I've done a Google search with the following results:
- Why I Read the Harry Potter Ending First
- How to Not Read the Ending of a Book First
- Does reading the end first spoil the beginning?
Mystery writer Alafair Burke weighs in on skipping ahead.
- Read the end first and work your way back, you’ll find it much more enjoyable
Geoffrey Cousins on how to read On Chesil Beach.
But surely you never read the final pages before you read anything else?