I’m the type of person who usually has to know a movie or a book’s synopsis before I commit to watching or reading it. I’m not sure why this habit formed (maybe because I’ve wasted too much time watching boring and/or bad movies?) but it’s a… thing. I just don’t feel comfortable going into things blind and knowing at least a little bit of what it’s about.
That being said, I’ve been getting better at stepping out of my comfort zone. It started with E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars. If you’ve read any review of it, the reviewer will probably recommend going into the book “blind.” All I knew going into the book was that it was about a rich family, and that something big happens. Honestly, I am surprised that I still haven’t stumbled upon a spoiler. (Great job, internet!) Anyway, I went into We Were Liars knowing essentially nothing about it and, to my surprise, I loved it.
That made me wonder whether going into a book knowing essentially nothing about it leads to big exciting payoffs? Conversely, is it not worth the potential disappointment? Are you likely to pick up or buy a book that you know nothing about? Maybe you “cover-buy” or, like me, just had to fulfill your curiosity after hearing the internet raving about a book? As much as I do want to continue to be surprised by books, my old habit keeps pushing for me to do more research before committing to a book.
What do you say? Do you like going into books blind? Or do you need to have a good idea of what you’re getting into before you pick up a book?