A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

I Can Get Some Satisfaction

on May 18, 2015

Me: “I know exactly what’s going to happen next. She’s going to be introduced to this guy that was just mentioned, and it’ll turn out to be the man she wants to kill.”

Me: “YES, it was!”

Hub: “And now they’re going to fall in love.”

Me: “God, no, she hates him because she watched him rape and murder her sister.”

Hub: “Oh. <pause> But he’s changed…”


(I love having a husband who riffs about romance with me.)

Isn’t it odd how sometimes seeing what’s coming is boring and cliched, and other times it’s completely satisfying? I guess it’s all in the skill of the writing. I think I’ve written before that all reading is, in a sense, being manipulated by the author… but when it works, you don’t feel like you were manipulated, or you recognize it and don’t care. Like when I read Glitterland, and a certain event was very obviously coming up, and it was so excruciating I could barely turn the page… but it had to happen. In this case, the suspense was built up in such a way that I really enjoyed knowing what was about to happen, and it would have felt so off if I were wrong.



7 responses to “I Can Get Some Satisfaction

  1. Lori says:

    So did he change?

  2. Does the difference between satisfying and unsatisfying have to do with whether the author WANTS you to know what’s coming? A lot of times, when I get annoyed with a book because I can see what’s coming, it’s because I’m not SUPPOSED to know what’s coming. But because the author telegraphs (unintentionally), I can’t help but see and find it predictable.

  3. Olivia Dade says:

    Your husband’s version of the book sounds like Anne Stuart going SUPER-DARK.

  4. azteclady says:

    I think it partially has to do with mood and, in my case at least, whether I trust the author or not. New to me authors usually have a much harder time selling me the cliche, or making me forget that I know what’s coming.

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