July 20th, 2005


On Spoilers

weather: sunny
outside: 18.9°C
mood: bleh
If a book is well written and well crafted, knowing exactly what happens will not ruin a thing. Knowing exactly what happens and why, complete with timelines, Gantt charts and Venn diagrams does not take the brilliance away from it.

He dies.

It was him.

We still don't know.

If that's all there is to it, if its thunder can be stolen by a simple re-telling (within 100x100 pixels, even!!), then it couldn't have been very good to begin with.

If I can read reviews and descriptions with spoilers, ratings, plot synopses, Coles Notes, essays and analyses and yet still feel like I'm getting more from reading the original text, then it truly is an excellent book.

But for many books, like most movies, the best parts are in the teasers and the actual product doesn't offer you much more.

[Update - October 21, 2005]