Close your eyes…take a deep breath in….and breathe out. Take another deep breath in, hold, and breathe out. Now, imagine this terrifying scenario:
It is 3:00am in the morning, the most evilest of times. Usually you in the land of the cannot-possibly-be-woken but tonight, your eyes are cracked open.
Why? Because you are reading one of the best books of your life.
Your body lies exhausted after that time you spent hyperventilating when your favourite character NEARLY DIED (don’t even try to deny it), and let’s face it, you are in no emotional condition to keep reading, but you do. You turn the final page and CLIFFHANGER.
You know how you thought you were emotionally scarred before? Now you’re emotionally scarred. You flip a couple more pages until you come to the sneak peek of the next book. The cliffhanger is eating you up (I’ve heard they get hungry) and the emotional torment becomes just too much for you. You reach to turn the page…
Or do you?
And that brings us to what the post is really about:
Do you read the sneak peeks at the end of books?
I personally…don’t. Especially if the book before had had at least some minor sort of cliffhanger. What would be the point in reading ahead? Either you’d torture yourself even more, or you might even end up feeling deflated. Plus that would 100% defeat the point of having the cliffhanger in the first place.
The other thing is that I feel like if I read the sneak peek and then went about the sequel (whether it had already been released, or was about to be), I don’t think I’d really want to reread what I already had. Sure you could jump to where the sample had cut off, but this is me so the clever route isn’t taken. Plus you may have forgotten a minor detail that occurred in the preview.
It wouldn’t be a problem if the book wasn’t going to be released for ages. Because if other readers are anything like me then they would have completely forgotten what they had read in the sample anyway.
But of course sneak peeks could be a really good thing – they can get you really excited for the next book. They also can leave you with more questions to do with what’s going to happen, or IT could even end on a cliffhanger. So many possibilities.
Do you read the sneak peeks for books coming out? Or like me do you fend them of with a red-hot pitchfork?