Earlier, I was chatting with my friend Connie, and she asked me if I wanted to know the ending of the new Harry Potter book. I told her no, I already read the book...but thank you. Then, I asked her why she thought I'd want to know the ending, if I hadn't read it? She said that some people like to know stuff like that.
That got me to thinking. I realize that there are people out there, who like to know the surprise ending to the book, before they read it. I know that these same people probably like to know what they are getting for Christmas, before they rip off the wrapping paper. I know some people enjoy knowing the plot, characters, and ending before they even step foot into the theatre to watch the movie they already know everthing about.
I know these people are out there. I just don't understand them. I don't get it...I really, really don't. What fun is it, to read a book when you already know the ending? Why go see a movie, if you know the entire plot and ending before it starts (movies like Titanic don't count)? Why bother to wrap Christmas presents...or have a ceremony at all, if you already went through your mom's closet and found out what she bought for you? What's the point?
It's the same thing with video games. I do not see the point, in using cheat codes. What's the point of playing a game, when you have unlimited health and unlimited ammo? Where's the challege? Why even bother playing the damn thing? Stick with Chutes and Ladders, if you're too afraid of a challenge.
I just don't get it. I liked to be surprised, to be shocked. I like to watch movies and read books, and have no idea what's going to happen. When I buy a new book, I just start reading it. I don't even like to read the summary book jacket, because it might give away a plot point, that would be more fun for me to discover, on my own.
Maybe I'm the strange one...maybe most people like to know things ahead of time. Maybe they don't like surprises or suspense. Well, that's not for me. I want to shocked and amazed, and I do not want to know what I'm getting for my birthday, until I unwrap her.