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Do You or Don't You?

As I struggle to finish WRITING my first book, I need some feedback: Do YOU read forewords, prefaces, front quotes, etc. when you read a novel for fun (as opposed to when you are ASSIGNED to read them, and so forced to pay attention to them...)?

Edit: Anyone wanting to SAMPLE before/after they comment, the story is "hiding" back at http://pandemo.livejournal.com/2001/01/

I began putting more polished bits in what I hoped was in order, one part per date. That way, by changing the date, I could rearrange the pieces as needed. As I edited, I added a date for when I last revised. Later on, some entries will have a WC (word count) feature, and some an RL (reading level).

(Yeah, I do NaNoWriMo.)

The current table of contents is a MESS at present. Avoid it.

Maybe I shouldn't post this... It sounds too much like a commercial...

-- Maybe I should. You all are GREAT commenters! If I ever want to publish, I *need* good quality feedback...


Aug. 3rd, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
Yes. I always read everything, in order, as the author intended.
Aug. 3rd, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
I might question "as the author intended," since this supposes that authors intend prefaces and forewords, which are often written by someone else or requested by a publisher or written after an author's death.
Aug. 3rd, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
I never thought of that!

(Love your lj name!)
Aug. 3rd, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
Me, Too
I stick with it even if it irritates me. As I read the people's excellent comments, I realize that skipping some of it might be advisable!

But then, I'm a compulsive reader. Sit me in front of a box of breakfast cereal, and, in the absence of other people/a good radio program to focus on, I'll even read the fine print on the label, which I have absolutely *no* interest in!
Aug. 3rd, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, some of th material is good and some isn't. I recently read "Typhoon" by Joseph Conrad. It begins with an author's note that provides some interesting background and context for the story. Next, I read "Victory," also by Joseph Conrad. The edition I have has another good author's note to the first edition, but is then followed by a terrible introduction by Frederick Karl, New York University. Besides giving away key plot points,he seems undecided as to whether "Victory" is one of Conrad's major works or is a minor work —whether it is significant literature or primarily a commercial product. All in all, it added nothing and was decidedly annoying.

Another thing I dislike is when a synopsis on the back of a book gives away significant plot details that don't even occur until half way through the book! I find that more and more movie trailers also give away huge chunks of the story. GRRRR!



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