after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.”
(Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk)
Ah. Ahhhh. Ahhhhhh.
I didn’t know if I would like Fight Club until I opened the first page and read the first line. And then I was like ‘okay, I’m going to like Fight Club.’ And I did. A lot. I’ve been reading mainly YA contemporary and YA sci-fi lately so this was a nice break from that.
Fight Club (the book and the movie) has definitely become something of a cult classic, and I already knew a little bit about the book because of idle chatter I’d caught wind of here and there. I already knew, as most people do, about *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* Tyler being the narrator himself. Knowing this beforehand was both a disappointment for me and an intriguing way to read the book the first time around. On one hand, if I hadn’t known about Tyler than the ending would come as a huge plot twist that would probably make me rant and rave and freak out on this blog…or, I would have figured it out on my own, which would also have been nice. Reading it with the pre-won knowledge I picked up on a lot of foreshadowing–and I’m curious to know whether I would have picked up on it if I hadn’t known what to look for. It kind of makes me want to have a device that can erase a book from your mind so that you can read it with a blank slate. (I would call it the Page Turner, and I would have so much fun re-reading the Harry Potter books for the hundredth time).
However, I think knowing the end beforehand also helped me focus more on certain details that I would have maybe glossed over if I hadn’t been searching for them. And that great first line (oh the contrast! oh the excitement! oh the intrigue!) was given another layer of awesomeness knowing the whole Tyler/narrator thing. Plus, while the plot twist was a major one, it didn’t make me any less interested in the rest of the book. If anything, it made me more interested.
I guess what I’m getting at (if I’m getting at anything) is that knowing a book’s major spoilers doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Of course, I love running into plot twists that I didn’t see coming, but I should have seen coming. It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world.
How do you feel when you hear a spoiler about a book you’ve been meaning to read? Would it discourage you from reading said book? Let me know in the comments below!
Alsoooo, if anyone has any great YA recommendations, would you let me know? I just finished Cress in the Lunar Chronicles and the next one doesn’t come out until November and it’s making me really sad.