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  •  Not quite, Dumbo: (3+ / 0-)

    My opinion is slightly different from yours:

    I take the position that it's BECAUSE we know how it's going to end that we enjoy it, even when we don't know the particulars of the ending.
    Last fall I signed up with Netflix & I'm working my way through the better selections there.  One auteur I've long been interested in watching is Ang Lee, and they have some of his work.  I didn't know where /how the endings would be, but will gladly rewatch all of them b/c they are so powerful.

    Same with the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy (they have the Swedish films, subtitled).  I'd already read the books twice but wanted to see how the movies handled them.  Excellently: but I didn't love them because I knew the ending, I loved them b/c the auteur presented already-known material so wonderfully.

    "Spoilers" don't spoil anything, even in murder mysteries, if the book/movie is brilliantly crafted.  That's the impression I get about The Crying Game too: it was just so wonderfully filmed, it didn't matter whether you knew in advance (although the NYT review was careful not to reveal the surprise ending).

    D'ya see the difference?  I don't CARE if I know the ending or not, as long as the journey is spellbinding.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 11:40:58 PM PDT

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    •  I'm rereading Diana Gabaldon's (4+ / 0-)

      outrageously long Outlander series.  I said I was going to quit after I reread the first three (they're about a thousand pages each), but I went into OCD mode, I guess, because I started on the fourth one.  I know pretty much everything that's going to happen, but I'm enjoying it as much or more because I know "okay, this next part is going to be good."  The fourth and fifth books particular I gave a shit review of on bookflurries because the third was so good the next two were a let down.  But... ah, reading it again!  I know enough to not be let down from too high expectations and can just enjoy the flow of the story.  It's not a better book because of it, but I am enjoying it more.

      ... And if CFK ever shows up tonight I want her to know I've got tomatoes on the vine.  I found the first ones last Sunday.  They're a little smaller than my thumb joint.

      •  Hurrah for tomatoes...yum (4+ / 0-)

        I crashed and burned early last night at 8:30 my time.

        This night owl is having problems lately.  Maybe because I am a hibernating bear for a few more weeks.

        It is 23 degrees going up to 39 later today with small chances of snow on Monday and Tuesday.  I guess a big storm is going south of us, tonight, or something, but it can snow like crazy and not show on the radar at all as we found out last Thursday.

        But we are nearly done with March and April is usually more gentle.  

        Best wishes!

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        by cfk on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 05:02:55 AM PDT

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    •  with respect, I'm afraid that spoilers..... (0+ / 0-)

      .....do spoil something, namely the surprise inherent in what should be a suspenseful narrative, where the reader doesn't know everything in advance and has to put things together in the course of reading the book.  Otherwise, there's not much point in reading anything.  So we just have to agree to disagree here.  I am with you, though, that a really high quality thriller in terms of writing and imagination does transcend mere plot.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:04:31 PM PDT

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