One of the perils of being a writer is knowing 'Who Done It.' It's a side effect of studying story structure and character arc. You read a book, watch a movie or TV show, and in the first act you've figured out who the bad guy will turn out to be, who is going to end up together or just what lesson our protagonist needs to learn before The End.
Now, I've never been a girl who turns to the back of the book to read the ending. Ever. Not to find out its going to be okay or see if the right people are still breathing. So this side effect might bother me a bit more than other writers. (I'm looking at you, Sabrina Jeffries!) I could write a whole other blog about how this ability to figure it out bugs Valiant Husband, btw. ;-)
But in general, I'm not upset because it's the journey that is interesting to me. The hows, whys, what-fors make the real story, IMHO.
But things changed a little when I got hooked on Game of Thrones.
It was the HBO show that sucked me in. So many threads! So many fabulous characters! A story line full of so many unexpected twists and turns that I couldn't predict much at all. Score! So many people I know were reading the books but I hung back. I was too delighted, anticipating Sunday night with glee. What will happen? Who will betray their loyalties? Or die? I was having a big time, with only a vague, big picture idea of what had to happen sooner or later--but with no earthly idea how George R. R. Martin was going to bring it about.
Well that all changed last weekend.
No spoilers. But let me just say, those doors closed and I said, "Uh, oh." Valiant Husband said, "What?" Then--Ulp. Urgh. What? No! Sob.
And for the first time I wished I'd known what was coming in this show. I wish I'd been prepared. I'm still a little shell-shocked.
I jumped onto Twitter to share my confusion with other viewers. I found solidarity and shared shock with other viewers, and the somewhat smug but often funny observations of the 'book readers' about the 'show watchers.'
And I thought next time I want to be on that side of the fence. I think I've been pushed to go against a lifetime of habit. I'm going to read ahead. I'm going to make Valiant Husband read ahead too. Next time we'll be ready for you, Mr. Martin.
What about you? Do you peek at movie reviews before you watch? Read the ends of the books before you get there? Or do you hate spoilers? Are you reading or watching Game of Thrones? And were you caught by surprise?