Which end?

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In general, do you prefer the beginnings of stories? Or the ends?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

41 responses

  1. Here’s my answer:

    http://when-books-tell-a-story.blogspot.com/2010/04/btt-which-end.html

    It’s nice to do anoter question on BTT after close to a year.🙂

  2. Great question. Here’s my response,

  3. […] week, Booking Through Thursday asks: Which end? In general, do you prefer the beginnings of stories? Or the […]

  4. The beginnings, of course! Mine is here.

  5. Great question! I played along this week, albeit a vague answer.

    Happy Reading, everybody…

  6. My answer is posted. Ending matters more.

  7. Ah that is a question I really wanted to answer ! http://wp.me/pyb9Y-xi

  8. http://www.inkingthepaper.com

    I prefer beginnings to stories because that is where curiosity is stirred, characters are introduced, and the setting, set. Depending on the author one may get enough information to start imagining the people, places, and plot. I appreciate how some authors give just enough detail to help your mind create the rest. I like complicated characters and twisted plots. If I can’t get into a book within the first fifteen pages I usually put it down. Or, if I guess the ending too early, it is a let down and put down.

    Endings can be disappointing. Reading all the way through a book and be disappointed in the end is a real let down. I had a wonderful English teacher in my early years who taught me to rewrite ending to stories and that helps. But, a bad ending can just ruin it for a reader.

    One can not read all the the books one desires in ones life time and one has to draw the line some where. If it doesn’t get my attention in the beginning I don’t have time to spare trying to read it.

    Good beginnings often lead to great reads!

  9. Was a tough question. I’m interested to see what everyone has to say on the topic.

    http://tinakubala.com/2010/04/15/beginnings-or-endings.aspx

  10. I’m distressingly late, but I did answer. I get forgiven because I spent all week doing my taxes, right? Right???

    Anyway: here’s the link.

  11. Good question. I thought about it for awhile. I like the ending. I even skip to the ending most of the time when I am reading a book. I like to know things are going to work out, even in these days when books seldom have unhappy endings any more.

    I came here from Tina’s blog, The Creative Nerd. I hadn’t seen this meme until today.

  12. I got so busy with taxes I forgot to post my post.
    Waving at you all from New York

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