Saving the End Until Later

Recently, when I was re-watching Battlestar Galactica, a main character talked about his favorite book, and how he doesn’t know how it ends because he never finished it. His argument is that he loves the book so much that he never wanted it to end.

Um… say what?

There are a lot of bookish habits I find odd, but this one is almost incomprehensible. I can honestly say it never occurred to me to not finish a book I love. When I don’t finish a book, it’s because it’s so awful that I just can’t.

When I love a book, it’s hard for me to put it down. I race to finish it. I don’t want to do anything but read that book. For me, it’s like being in love. Sometimes I read so quickly that when I get to the end, I start over again so I can enjoy it at a more leisurely pace.

I’m not sure that I could stop reading an excellent book (especially a favorite) if I tried. I’d be thinking about it, dreaming about it, creating my own endings. And anything I could come up with probably wouldn’t be as good as what the author could come up with.

I wonder if this was just a weird character trait that someone picked because it seemed interesting, or if people actually do this.

Have you ever done this or heard of this? Are you a savor-er or a gulper?

10 comments on “Saving the End Until Later

  1. Lea Christensen says:

    This is pure ridculousness…I can see slowing yourself down to draw it out a bit but I have never done it!!

  2. scr4pl80 says:

    Gulper. I have a hard time not finishing books I don’t even like! Something in me wants to always finish what I start.

  3. Ramona Mead says:

    That doesn’t make sense to me. How can you know it’s your favorite if you don’t finish it? I ‘velvet books for the first 2/3 and then hated the ending.

  4. Oh, sure, that makes a lot of sense! I always walk out of the cinema minutes before the end of a movie I’m really enjoying, too. Yeah, right.

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