Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Book Spoilers

Happened to stop by at a book spoiler site and thought it was really neat. There are books I don't have the time or inclination to read and yet would not mind knowing the storyline briefly. A spoiler addresses that need perfectly.

From the author's perspective it is a mixed blessing. Some of their potential readership could be eroded - specially for stories that rely totally on a cliff-hanging plot.

I would not expect for instance Gabriel Garcia Marquez to loose readers because someone wrote a spoiler for Love in the Time of Cholera. It would be the reader's loss entirely to not have known the beauty of his language and the artistry of his story-telling. Maybe a spoiler could proselytize a new band of readers to Marquez.

1 comment:

steve said...

It is tough because there are so many books and so little time. Sometimes just to know a little bit about a book is still inspiring. I thumbed through a book called "The Gift of Valor" at our local library and read maybe five pages. It has stayed with me. Spoilers van be benficial.