Have you ever noticed that books can be slated for their predictability? I know its not good when you can see things coming from a mile away and everything turns out exactly how you expected it to and nothing deviates from what you expected… However have you noticed how there are different types of predictability in books? Or is that just me?
You get the books like those mentioned above… you can see the end right from the beginning and you spend most of the book wondering why you’re reading it. Usually the characters don’t interest you and the writings a bit boring so you can’t be bothered finishing it. I often think I’m going to give up with books like this and if I don’t it’s a miracle!
Then there are the books similar to the previous, the ones which you know what’s coming but the characters and your invested interest keeps you going, it may be that you really like one of the characters or the world in which the book is set, but something keeps you holding on even though you are fully aware of the ending!
Finally I think there’s the “I know what’s going on but I don’t actually care because seeing X work it out is the best bit!” books. These books keep me hooked because you are often working everything out as the MC does and you can see where its going but you’re either not 100% sure or you want to see how it gets there. I love a good detective story and these books are like that sometimes, even if they’re an entirely different genre. I think you can argue that the Harry Potter books are like this as in pretty much all of them you know that Harry is going to discover something and will have to get himself out of the situation in some way which often involves fighting Lord Voldemort (we’re allowed to say his name now right?) but still they are an amazing set of books.
What do you think? Have you ever noticed anything like what I’ve mentioned above or am I just crazy! Haha