Ain’t quitting ‘til it’s over! At least that’s my mantra when it comes to starting a new series (or before books). I’m very forgiving ‘cos if possible I always want to finish what I started. And even though reading can be very, very unpredictable (bad reads, y’know~) it’s just that the happy vibes of starting a new story just overwhelms me more than dreading that it’s gonna be bad (if the synopsis hinted me already cause sometimes I just read for lulz).
This isn’t just me, admit it, there are times that first few chapters are…boring. Yes, boring! It has left me uninterested and my wishful thinking of getting that awesome moment (promised by the summary or reviews) was the only one that motivated me to continue. So I remained hopeful. Four…five…seven chapters in, I felt the same! So do you know what I did? Quit? Nah, have you read what I wrote above. No quitting!! That’s way extreme to me, even! But what I did is *drum roll* SKIP! Yes, I skip a hella lot of chapters and jumped where everything will get awesome! Sometimes when we read the beginning is too slow, the build-up leaves a lot to be desired so I just skips like getting a six on the dice on snakes and ladders and go my way to where I think it’s far more interesting. But of course there’s drawback.
Skipping means leaving the information that got revealed earlier behind. I had to patch up information based on the dialogues, events and others stuff to make up for the lost info. I’m pretty good at patching up anyways. I’ve learned from many years of being a reader how to process this information. Of course it’s isn’t always pool proof but I just need to skip or I might really end up discontinue it altogether, and/or promise myself to read it in the future but the truth is it might not even happen anymore (I’m mood reader, you see). Gotta sacrifice to feed my curiosity! And you know what, a lot times, or more like it always, it works well for me!
Let me cite an example! 치즈인더트랩 (Cheese in the Trap). Yeah, that one of my favorite webtoons of all-time! I skipped 15 chapters and that was the best thing I did! I tried four times! FOUR!! And discontinued each time, but the moment I got in the mood to read it again, I skipped to 10…then went ahead to 15 and that was where the ball rolled successfully. I got hook! I was happy that I finally did the decision to skip! After the series ended, I went up to re-read from the start. And wow, now everything made sense ‘cos maybe because I had foresight on what’s the real deal with the story! I admit though that the second time starting from the start was better experience than the first—which I always followed it weekly before the re-read. Now it’s complete I got to savor the finer details that I missed out on the first try! And that’s why I strongly advocate re-reading!!
So yeah, skipping is a thing that may sound wrong, leaving information behind, patching the world building on my own ‘cos it left me uninspired but that’s OK! I think that only means I’m still willing to invest my time. You may leave things behind by skipping but you can always re-read! At least I ain’t quitting and that’s sounds better overall—or at least that’s what I tell myself anyway! Ha!