***SPOILER ALERT*** If you haven’t read/watched The Fault in Our Stars, Gone Girl, My Sister’s Keeper or the Sixth Sense…I need you watch/read first. Really though…if you haven’t seen the Sixth Sense someone has surely spoiled it for you by now. If you have read or watched all of these things or don’t care too much about spoilers…please, do carry on***
By the time I was in third grade I was already an avid reader. I remember very distinctly in Mrs. Boos’ class she awarded us little paper hot air ballons for every book we read and posted them on the wall. Mine started on the floor and were pasted all the way up to and on the ceiling. To say I have always been a lover of books would be an understatement.
When I was youngmy stepmom placed all her Nancy Drew books in my room. These were the BEST…hard back with that old book smell. It was at that age when I first discovered that feeling of must…read…one…more…chapter, until my eyes couldn’t stay open any longer. I also learned how to be an amateur dectective.
All this to say…you can’t surprise me any more (with a few exceptions…we’ll get to that). If there is a villan/murderer/thief antagonist, I will figure it out well before one is supposed to. This has also translated over into movies and TV.
I rarely have that moment where one says, “OH MY GOD I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING”
(except for maybe Scandal…I mean that Shonda Rimes is crazy! She doesn’t get me everytime, mind you)
I miss it, I really do, I wish I could be blissfully ignorant. But I have read and watched it all, you cannot surpise me anymore. You can turn and twist all you want but I call it almost everytime. I could have told you with almost absolute certianty that Gus (The Fault in our Stars) would die first. I mean, from the first time they met…come on…he’s cancer free for 14 months and she’s living on borrowed time...you just guaranteed his death sentence. Didn’t save me from crying though…well done John Green…well done.
The mom, best friend, nice elderly neighbor etc etc that are so helpful and kind…MURDERS…the whole lot! (This is the basic premise of Law and Order…5 episodes and you know what’s up.)
The movies and books I enjoy most now are ones that you know from the beginning how it will end (ie The Silent Wife or Titanic)
Here are a few exceptions…
Gone Girl…I was fairly sure she was not telling the complete truth, but I did not think they would stay together once he knew. I’m not sure what they are going to do with the movie but I hope it gives us the same feeling of “OH no she didn’t!!!”
My Sister’s Keeper…Jodi Picoult is my favorite author and I SHOULD have seen this one coming but I was so wrapped up in the story I wasn’t thinking straight. I mean she really got me with that one. (PS…the book is different from the movie…the OTHER/healthy sister dies in the book…much better ending).
The Sixth Sense…really surprised me with “he was dead the whole time”. The only caveat now is since I’ve seen this type of ending…you won’t get me twice. I’m lookin out for ya now.
I really hope I’m one of just a few with this very special gift otherwise I just made an ass of myself in the entire post merely stating the obvious. Let’s hope not.
And last dear readers, I leave you with this. I think it goes without saying…
If you even had to ask, you weren’t a reader afterall.