I don’t read much. I’m 15 years old and I’ve only read a few proper adult books in my life, without skimming through or skipping pages. I’ve never found the right book for me, but then I discovered The Divergent Trilogy through my sister. (Who’s bedroom is literally a library) She bought me Divergent about a year ago and I chose to procrastinate from reading it. I then watched the movie a few weeks ago and immediately realised what I was missing. As soon as I got home I picked up the book and began reading. I read the book within 3 days. I know that doesn’t sound like an big deal to a lot of people, especially on Tumblr; but to someone who rarely reads like me, 3 days is pretty quick. I finally found the right book and I instantly connected with the characters. When they tell the reader their emotions and how they are feeling; I felt those emotions too.
Insurgent: I read between 2 days. I was literally obsessed by then. I refused to put the book down. Luckily I was on holiday during this time, so I had plenty of opportunity to spend my days reading the book. When I finished Insurgent, I obviously moved onto Allegiant. I was really excited to find out what happens at the end.
But then I went back to school. My big mistake was simply asking. “Have you seen the movie Divergent?” Do NOT ask people about the book you’re reading. Literally in a heartbeat I was spoilt for the ending, I could feel my heart sink. I actually felt sick; but however hard I tried to forget or convince myself the spoiler isn’t true, it simply stuck in my head for the rest of the day. I do partly blame myself for this, as I should have realised by now through my sister and being spoilt for TFIOS; that you should NOT discuss books with people who do not realise that you are reading it. But then again, people should learn not to blurt out spoilers as they don’t know who around is actually interested in reading the book. I will obviously read and finish it as I still have many questions left; but right now, I’m slightly struggling to continue reading Allegiant, knowing what is going to happen and how much that has affected me already.
Another example of people blurting out spoilers was when my sister and I were sitting down in the cinema to watch Divergent. After the film ended my sister told me about a group of girls sitting right behind us, talking about the ending of Allegiant really loud and not even considering that people around them have not completed the trilogy. Luckily my sister has read all the books and I did not hear what they said, but I feel really sorry for the people who did hear them.
To conclude, however tempting it is to blurt out and discuss books to friends or family, it is quite cruel and rude to do so. You’ve basically just killed that person’s urge to find out what happens. I know my friend did not realise I was even interested in the book and how much I loved it, I’m not angry at her for blurting out; but I am quite miserable at the fact that I know what happens without finding out myself. This doesn’t just apply with Divergent, this applies to every book i’ve read. I did not find TFIOS sad, because I knew what was going to happen. I already know what is going to happen in Looking For Alaska, and I haven’t even begun reading it. To me spoilers take away the fun of reading. So please next time you want to discuss books with someone, ask them if they have read it and be careful of your surroundings.
the music on hannibal:
- intense sirens and loud clanging