For What It's Worth

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

tell me something tuesday


Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

I’ve been busy getting ready for ALA and missed several TMST posts, so I’m going to play a little catch up and then get to this weeks question.

June 19th

Cliffhangers: Do they compel you to read more or steer you away?

In my early reading days I didn’t mind them and they might have even compelled me to pre-order because I HAD to know what happened but now I steer FAR FAR away from them. I can’t be bothered.

I’ve been burned by disappointing outcomes, I forget the details over the year long wait and, for a while there, I was reading so many series at the time I couldn’t keep up.

June 26th

What is worse: cliffhangers, abrupt ending or open ending?

Above, I’ve already commented on how I feel about cliffhangers but I also HATE abrupt endings…*flips though pages…helloooo…Ending. Where are you????* and don’t get me started on open endings…

I like nice tidy, wrapped up endings. Even an epilogue!

I love how my friend Brooke described open endings though…a future of possibilities. But for me I need to SEE how it all turned out. I don’t want to imagine anything. That’s why I spent all this time reading - to see how it all turns out. If I had to guess, I could have made up my own stories. lol

July 3rd

Vacation reading: What books would you pack for a vacation?

This is going to be a boring answer. Nothing. I have a hard time reading away from home or in public. I always bring my Kindle, just in case, but I never use it.

On vacations I’m either out doing something or too tired once I get back to the hotel and fall asleep.

*Fix for email notifications for comments

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43 comments:

  1. I will take any horrible cliffhangers anyday over a bad, open, or abrupt ending. Hell to the no am I putting up with that. At least with cliffhangers, the story is not over yet so there's still hope.

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    1. I agree. I don't like any of them but the cliffhanger is the least horrible out of all of them lol

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  2. Quote: "I don’t want to imagine anything. That’s why I spent all this time reading - to see how it all turns out."
    LOL, you're a lazy girl.
    Then again - it's not like I do make up stories in my mind when a book has an open ending...I just get a certain feeling right on the spot. But even if I don't...I'm OK with that, because it's more life-like...usually, in life, everything is in flux (except for little old me, I suppose, living the same life since 1995 or something 😶).

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    1. I think you're right - open ended stories are more realistic but I guess I read to escape and want that happy ending (even if it's not romance).

      Also, I think you said you feel that cliffhangers were lazy writing and I think that open endings are in a way. (although I don't believe that's truly the case to the writer in either case). But anyway, without an end - it's just following someone around for a day, week, whatever. I feel like there's no point...to me anyway lol

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  3. I'm typically okay with open endings, but you make a good point about reading them because you want to know how they turned out! D: Now I'm looking at things differently. xD And I feel the same about vacations, mostly, but it depends on how long we'll be on vacation. If it's a quick one, I won't read, but if it's a looong one, I would pack a book or two, just in case!

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. What's weird is that I used to read cliffies, open endings...the whole thing. Now I'm a solid HEA kind of gal lol

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  4. I don't mind open-ish endings, like happily for now type of things, but those are usually books that just don't have epilogues. I'm like you though - I'd usually rather have a set ending so I know the book is finished, even if I don't love the ending! I'm so bad with series in general, but even if I have all the books to read at once, I'm still a bit tired of the cliffhanger. Unless it's just a gentle push for the next book...but it's usually this huge "what the heck?" that tends to annoy more than inspire to read the next one! lol

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I'm ok with happy for now endings but not the drift apart and you never know when they see each other again - or we had one good night but now we go our separate ways.

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  5. I agree about abrupt or open endings. Sometimes they're okay, depending on the book, but by and large... I want a conclusion lol!

    My vacation reading is usually nil too, although this year I did actually get some reading in, and finished a book! Yay me ha ha

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    1. I get the open ending and I understand that it's probably more realistic but I like to see how people work things out. To me real life is already annoying and open ended - I'm living vicariously through them lol

      I always bring my Kindle thinking I'll read in the afternoons but I fall asleep lol

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  6. I am sorry Brooke, but you are wrong! ;)
    I hate possibilities! I want some who clearly says that this happened and then this and then this. Not one single thread left untold :D

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    1. Wrong Brooke WRONG lol But I do love how she worded it. But yeah - I'm a clear ending kind of person.

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  7. I don’t usually mind cliffhangers - especially if the next book is already out. Waiting a year is torture!

    Open ending are The Worst!! Oh my gosh, huge pet peeve of mine. I feel like the author broke some unspoken agreement with me. I bought your book, I read your book, but you didn’t give me a whole story. LOL

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    1. That's exactly how I feel!! I trusted you to tell me how it all turns out. Why did I follow you for 300-ish pages only to be left hanging? lol

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  8. Ahh, I hadn't realised I wasn't being notified. Usually I get an email once a comment has been approved but just realising I haven't been in the last few weeks actually. Thanks for the heads up. Ugh, I feel you. I loathe open ended books. John Green for example. There's a difference between an open storyline where nothing is solved or learnt and a book wrapping up but leaving the potential for a sequel further down the track. I need a conclusion though too and it's something that really peeves me. It can just feel as though it's a cop out from an author not wanting to commit.

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    1. I thought you were on WP. It happened after the GDPR thing.

      Sequel open endings are ok(ish lol) At least there's a promise of an eventual conclusion.

      I get too emotionally invested and when I'm left hanging like that I worry about the characters. It's not healthy Kelly!

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  9. I don't do cliffhangers. If I come across a book that has one that author goes on my never read again list. Cliffhangers just piss me off.

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  10. I totally get that. I just got back from spending two weeks in Idaho with my family and I didn’t read at all. I was too tired and suffering from allergies. I will read on my beach vacation, not sure yet, whatever strikes my fancy on my Kindle!

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    1. I can only read short things like magazines or something when I'm on vacation. it's so weird! lol

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  11. I agree I like ending wrapped up and love me an epilogue. I do like to read on vacations though just depends on what kind it is. Disney never allows for me to read.

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    1. I can live without an epilogue but oooh they make me happy lol

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  12. If I find out there's a cliffhanger and I'm interested in the series, I'll wait until all the books are released before picking it up. Like you said I forget details and then I completely lose enthusiasm for a series with a year long wait in between. I can't tell you how many series' I've never finished for that reason alone. I know myself so it's better for me just to wait until I can binge read. I HATE open endings! I want it wrapped up, nice and tidy and I don't care if that's not real life. If I wanted real life I'd watch the damn news and not read a book. I need my fiction to take me away and make me happy! Depends on what type of vacation I go on. If I'm just relaxing by the pool/beach/lake then yes books. If I'm touring, sight seeing like mad I usually crash at the hotel, but I may want to read for an hour or two when I'm rested. I rarely watch TV anywhere so that'd be my evening entertainment. Great post, Karen! :) And thanks for the comment tip! It's been awful not getting the email notifications!

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    1. Me too and I know authors hate that because they can't write the series if no one is reading the books but grrrr

      And YES!! I read to escape. I want happy and clear endings.

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  13. What interesting topics. I'll be sure to check out this Meme with a view to playing along.

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    1. I hope you do! A lot of us are doing this feature lately.

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  14. I guess I don't actively avoid cliffhangers? But I don't like them either. And I'm not going to continue a series I'm not interested in, regardless of how big the cliffhanger is.

    I don't mind open endings though! I just don't like open-to-interpretation endings where you don't even know what actually happened.

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    1. Yes, that's the kind of open endings I mean. I don't need every detail wrapped up but I don't want things to drift off and you don't know what happened.

      I didn't use to care about cliffhangers but, like I said, I was reading too many and I think because of blogging there's more hype, dissecting what will happen next and chance for spoiling...it gets to be more stressful.

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    2. I meant more like in SFF books where the ending is some weird thing that you're like, "So was it all a dream???!!? Did that thing really happen?!?!!!" Those are frustrating to me.

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  15. I like stories that are mostly wrapped up, but I do love a little openness... it makes me feel like their stories are still going continue long after I've read them. I don't like for them to be so open that I'm left with a lot of questions, but even an epilogue showing them months or years in the future is nice. It allows you to fill in the blanks yourself.

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I don't mind a HFN but if it's a romance - then I need them to end things together. Not a this was a nice time together ...maybe we'll meet again lol I don't need the whole married with kids thing though.

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  16. Yeah, that's pretty much where I line up on cliffies, abrupt endings, and open endings. Although, if I had to choose out of them all what I would tolerate best, I suppose abrupt as long as all threads were tied up.

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    1. I think I feel the same. Even if it's abrupt I would have closure.

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  17. Cliffhangers drive me nuts. As do series with no next book in sight. I read the Jane Auel books (Clan if the Cave Bear, but I may have misspelled her name), I really liked them but those books were a commitment and I could never remember where I left off!!

    Hope you had a great time at the ALA conference!! Can’t wait to hear about it :)

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    1. I've lost track of a lot of long running series I was reading. Once I in behind, it feels too daunting.
      And I'm pretty cautious starting new series. I investigate the hell out of it first lol

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  18. YIKES! I don't like cliffhangers in books or movies. I want the whole story right then.(lol) When I go anywhere, even for vacation, I take along the book I'm already reading, and two more just in case I get finished. Happy Saturday and Hugs...RO

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    1. Movies are even worse! No, no, no! Lol

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  19. I used to not mind cliffhangers but now they drive me up a wall. Mainly because I feel like it's a ploy to make me buy the next book. I just spend days reading this book and I want to feel complete, not like you cut the story off just as it was getting interesting. LoL That's my thought on it anyways.

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    1. Same! There were so many things that didn't bother me before.
      I don't know if it's because i read more or because of reviewing but I'm much pickier now

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  20. I also like tidy endings, except in series I'm way more forgiving, and I think it's a great way to keep someone interested in a series
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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    1. I'm the same with series. As long as there's another book to wrap it up I'm ok.

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  21. I have a hard time reading in public but it never stops me from packing an absurd amount of books. Guess how many books I brought to ALA. 3! Guess how many I read. NONE.

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  22. I know it's kind of a cop-out, but my preferences for the style of ending really depend on the genre. If I'm reading a romance, you'd best believe that I want a tidy ending and I certainly wouldn't say no to an epilogue! Throw a cliffhanger in there and I'm gone. That actually happened to me a few months ago when I didn't realize that books 1 and 2 in a romance series actually follow the same couple -- they don't get their HEA until book 2. INFURIATING.

    I'm good with open endings in more thoughtful work though, because they leave me thinking. The more I love the characters though, the more I want to know *exactly* what happens to them lol.

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