Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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I need to know what happens next: a poll

Discussing spoilers elsewhere, I was saying that although I can enjoy re-reading/rewatching fiction, a very large part of my pleasure comes from wanting to know what happens next, a joy that goes away if I already know what happens next. I mostly only re-watch if there's something that I think I either missed the first time around, or that I've forgotten (Even if I remember the big plot twist then I've probably forgotten how we get there).

It's not the only thing I enjoy in fiction, of course. But it's probably the primary thing. Captivating characters and decent prose help an awful lot, but I crave the new, and if I remember everything about a work of fiction then I lose the feeling of suspense, of holding my breath because I don't know who lives, who dies, etc.

(This isn't true in a few cases: Comedies where the jokes still make me laugh. Musicals where I like the songs.)

Anyway, I was wondering how other people feel about this:

How important is the "What happens next?" feeling to you, when experiencing fiction?

Really important
16(20.8%)
Quite important
34(44.2%)
Not that important
22(28.6%)
Not at all important
5(6.5%)


Note: Please keep discussions general in the comments, specific examples of how it blew you away when you discovered that Buffy's Mum had been a vampire for two seasons at the end of Season 7* are probably not needed.
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