I learned a lesson recently while reading through a super hero short story anthology – SUPER STORIES OF HEROES & VILLAINS. Don’t skip the mini intros – and be damned sure you browse the extra content! Or you’ll miss out.
All of you have seen it, from time to time a book will start off with a forward or Introduction either written by the author, editor or another author – SOMEONE…writing something about the book you are about to read.
Do you read this? Usually I do – sometimes I find they help get me more excited about what I’m already about to read. Other times, I wonder – who the heck picked that person to write an introduction?
Now, there are also some occasions that you will see mini intros at the beginning of each chapter or section. Again…do you read this? Is it necessary? Sometimes I can be an impatient reader and I just want to plow ahead. I do say though if it’s there – it is likely there for a reason – you should probably read it.
How about glossaries and footnotes (typically I only see these in textbooks), or extra content at the back of a book!? What do you read and don’t you read? Personally, I will sometimes read the Discussion topics in the back of a book if I really loved the book. I tend to see these only in young adult books though. I did see an awesome interview with the author in the back of Charming by Elliott James, and in the back of Ink by Amanda Sun there was a lovely Japanese to English glossary and extra illustrations. So, sometimes the extra content is amazing.
What do you wish there was more of? What don’t you read as far as extra content is concerned? I for one NEVER read the first chapter of the next book that is sometimes included at the back of a book. Why? Because I don’t want to freaking torture myself with something that I won’t be able to have for likely a whole year. I’m not a masochist for crying out loud…alright you got me, maybe sometimes I am *looks at book avalanche*
Tell me, tell me. What extras do you like? *and don’t even get me started on my love hate relationship with single light novellas*…I love short stories but if you want me to buy it you better give it to me in a collection with 10 to 20 other stories and not have me pay 2 dollars for ONE story that is a measly 40 pages unless that money is going to charity…But you know what…I can’t stop myself from doing it. I kick myself every time but I still buy these single shorts and novellas. Hence the love hate.