book2book

  booktrade.info

Search Booktrade.info:  


Wednesday 1st October

Book2book Home Book Trade News Trade Announcements Bestseller Lists About Booktrade.info

Do Spoilers For Books Actually Improve Them?

Posted at 8:25AM Friday 21 Mar 2014

The University of California team doctored 12 short stories by a top line-up of writers, including John Updike, Roald Dahl, Anton Chekhov, Agatha Christie and Raymond Carver, to test whether spoilers actually made any difference.

They tested three types of stories: ironic-twist, mystery and literary. Each was presented in three different forms – as originally written, with a prefatory spoiler paragraph, and with that same spoiler paragraph incorporated into the story as though it were a part of it.

Their conclusion: though there were some differences in response, readers in all three categories preferred the spoiled versions to the unspoiled ones.

Guardian




Get book trade news by email

Daily book trade headlines and breaking publishing news by email - just £3 a month. Click on the Subscribe button below to sign up now

Find out more


Search the news archive:
 






More Book Trade News

Amazon.com, Disney Back At Peace
www.nasdaq.com

"Maleficent" and "The Guardians of the Galaxy" are back in the biggest store on the Internet

Lionel Shriver Wins BBC National Short Story Award 2014
www.booktrade.info

Zadie Smith selected as runner-up

Kei Miller Wins Forward Poetry Prize
www.theguardian.com

Judges praise Miller's 'distinctive voice' as The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way To Zion takes £10,000 prize

Oettinger EU commission nomination emphasises that 'digital is the new oil'
www.theparliamentmagazine.eu

Despite the political hysteria, digital enthusiasts should welcome the appointment of Günther Oettinger to the EU's top digital role

Amazon Expands Warehouses
www.mhpbooks.com

Should anticipate more problems in the U.S. and Eastern Europe

Algerian Writer Wins World French Literature Prize
www.complete-review.com

Wins Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie for his novel "Mersault the counter-enquiry"

Account Sign-In

Most Popular Stories

  1. Literary Lions Unite In Protest Over Amazon's E-book Tactics
  2. UK Publishing Crowd Gathers In London To Discuss Self-publishing
  3. Oettinger EU commission nomination emphasises that 'digital is the new oil'
  4. Andrew Wylie: Amazon & The 'End Of Literary Culture In America'
  5. Ellora's Cave Sues Dear Author Book Blog For Defamation
  6. Stephen Fry Seeking Digital Makers For Global YourFry Storytelling Project
  7. Sainsbury's Solidifies Publishing Presence
  8. Top Author Martina Cole On Tour To Champion Reading For Pleasure
  9. Dannie Abse, Welsh Poet And Author, Dies Aged 91
  10. A Women's Prize For Translated Books