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contest update

My thanks to Penni at eharlequin for posting info on her blog about my contest. The rules are explained in the March 31st blog entry below. Good luck, everyone.

Penn's focus is on question #6, since she inspired it by confessing that she peeks at the ending of a book. As it turns out, quite a few people do, and I'm enjoying the reasons they give for it. Worried about whether a favorite character will survive; want to be sure the hero and heroine end up together; want to see if they guessed the solution to the mystery; losing interest in the story.

I've decided that the last justificiation is a perfectly acceptable one, even to a purist like myself. I wouldn't do it personally, but still it doesn't give me pause. Why? Because my whole reason for asking readers to let the story unfold naturally is that the author put a lot of work into making it unfold that way. But if it's not working for that particular reader, then there's really no point, especially if the alternative is to quit on the book entirely (which is what I would do in that situation -- too many books in the pile for me to stick with one that I'm not clicking with. I might pick it up again sometime in a different mood and love it, but for the moment, I just put a bookmark in it and move on).

So far, it's running about 50/50, peekers vs purists.

I'm glad there are other purists -- very emphatic ones in fact. And I'm very fond of you peekers too. So let's compromise. You can take a 10-second glance to make sure your character survived, and you can read whatever you want if the book isn't working. But please, don't jump ahead to confirm that you figured out the twist. (Of course, you will anyway, won't you? We all seem to be pretty entrenched on this issue)

And since I watch movies over and over (Jaws, Honeymoon in Vegas, Jurassic Park, The Godfather) and re-read my favorite books time and again, I have to acknowledge that you can enjoy a story even if you already know the ending. But that first time should be special, folks. After that, even though you know the ending, you can watch it again and the original anticipation/experience is still in your memory.

That's the end of my lecture. Good luck in the contest! And thanks again, Penn.



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