Hello, guys! Thank you for great/positive responses to my last Booktalk post. I am so relieved to read so many great comments and input 🙂
Today, I have another topic that I thought it would be interesting to discuss with you.
I might be only me who feels this way, but I am going to share with you my weird? Reading habit that I have when I read mysteries/crime(psychological) thrillers and such.
When you read mysteries or suspense/thrillers do you…
- Attempt to predict who the culprit is
- Just follow the storyline and pick up the foreshadowing/nuggets in the story; you are content with being able to connect names to the characters/character dynamics.
Pardon me if this question doesn’t make any sense to you, but I actually fall into the latter. when I read mysteries and such, I don’t even care about ‘whodunit’ part, which most of you would deem as the crucial element in mysteries/thrillers, but I am content and comfortable enough by merely being able to connect a certain character with foreshadowing and clues scattered in the plot.
Here’s an anecdote to elaborate on this:
A couple of weeks (or maybe a month) ago, I recommended B. A. Paris, Breakdown to my Japanese twitter friend and then it sparked other bookworms interest and became pretty much all the rage among my Japanese bookish friends.
About a week later, there was a string of tweets going on Twitter in which they were guessing who the culprit was.
As I told you earlier, I don’t even try to figure out ‘who did it’; I simply focuse on following the storyline and enjoyed the writing itself. Generally speaking, my focus tends to be solely on connecting a certain clue to a specific character.
For instance, it is very crucial for me that I get to conjure up what a certain character did in the story when I hear the name. That is what really matters to me and I tend to get frustrated whenever I fail to do so.
I don’t appreciate the feeling which is akin to indigestion; I really, desperately need to be able to connect a certain clue/foreshadowing to a specific character/incident and go like, “Oh, this must be THAT GUY! I knew it!”
If I succeed in this aspect, I don’t really care ‘whodunit’ part. (Which means I need to jot down names/their occupations and such and it can be quite painstaking if there are way too many characters appear in the book lol)
When I told them this, they went like, “Really? You don’t?!? That’s what makes reading mysteries interesting!” lol
And I totally agree with that. It’s just that I simply DON’T even attempt to do so. I might not even possess enough brainpower to play detective or even don’t want to. I really don’t know, but the thing is, it just doesn’t matter much to me. As long as the plot is interesting and the writing is gripping, the culprit doesn’t possess much weight on me.
Well, to be more precise, I probably do try to figure out the culprit, in fact, but it happens in a flicker of a moment and never goes beyond a subconscious level; that’s why I don’t even THINK I do.
But this string of tweets got me intrigued to know how you, my dear readers, feel about this.
Let me pose you a question;
Do you need to play detective and be able to figure out who the bad guy is? or,
Are you like me and happy enough by being able to pick up a certain thing and don’t really care the ‘whodunit’ part?
Honestly, I assume most of you fall into the former; I must be the odd one out lol
Anyways, here’s another book talk for you.
I hope this post sparked your interest and got you thinking!
Comment below and let me know your thoughts!
Thank you for reading as always and I’ll see you in my next post!