Predicting the end…?

Have you ever been able to predict the ending of a book you’ve read? How often does it happen? Does it bother you that you were able to predict the ending or were you happy with yourself for doing so?

There have been a few times that I was able to guess the ending of a book but not often. I prefer to be surprised when I get to the end and find out I was wrong in my prediction. I love it when all the twists and turns throughout the book throw you off so that you can’t guess what’s going to happen at the end. There has only been one instance where I was disappointed with an ending.

2 thoughts on “Predicting the end…?

  1. I’ve had different experiences with this. I tend to overestimate my guesses and I am pretty much theorizing before I know from what I was given by the book, which means that sometimes I am so eager I will end up engulfing delicious red herrings. I really like when authors can give you hints as if the story is going one way and you think you can “smell” where the story is going and the “SWOOSH” get that rug right under your feet and… oh, you were so very wrong! Those surprises can be such a fresh breeze for a book that you think you got figured out.

    As for those times when I predict it accurately, it depends on the story. Sometimes, yeah, I can see it coming, but at the same time, it is the best resolution for the characters so it becomes more about how will the author take the characters from where they are and make the pieces fit together.

    I think it is only disappointing when you can predict it very early on because the book is not trying to take risks and is using tired cliches. For example that by knowing the main characters you know what will happen because they are just stereotypes played straight. Say you read about a mysterious murder in a big saloon right after a mysterious dinner many people were invited too: The butler (or someone not part of the guest list) did it! And you can see the book is heading that way by taking too much effort on the guests, like a bit too much in convincing you one or two are so shady that you know they are innocent just because of how much the author is trying to convince you otherwise.

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    1. Yeah, I get what where you’re coming from. I’d much rather be surprised when I get to the end instead of being able to guess the ending myself. There was only one instance where the ending was a complete surprise but it was one of those terrible endings that I didn’t think fit with the rest of the book at all. I can’t stand those types of endings.

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