3.en.61 Suspense, spoilers and narrative tension

What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?

Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?

How would you feel if someone told you the end of a film before you had seen it?

I will not spoil your reading of “Donde surgen las sombras”and will not reveal the ending.

In movies is a bit the same, it is not fun knowing what’s going to happen, before experiencing it yourself, is it?

there are websites that are perfect spoilers, they kill the suspense and the climax of the film by revealing how movies end.

Suspense holds you to the edge of your seat and it is that desire to know what will happen next.

Lovepreet sent me a great link (thank’s Lovepreet) where you can read all the questions Jamal had to answer in the game show. I encourage you to visit that great site, you’ll find a lot of interesting information about Slumdog Millionaire. However, wait until you see it first. Make the effort to try to understand before reading. Your English will benefit, and you will also discover that it is much more rewarding to discover things yourself than being told. I know you will remember  what the population of Mumbai is, its situation and all the information you have searched yourself!

Here are the first 4 questions and answers, I will not spoil anything, as we have already watched the first part, but we’ll work the rest together, while watching the film.

1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“? (A) Amitabh Bachchan (the rest of the answer choices are not revealed).

2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it? (A) Truth alone triumphs, (B) Lies alone triumph, (C) Fashion alone triumphs, or (D) Money alone triumphs.

3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand? (A) A flower, (B) A sword, (C) A child, or (D) A bow-and-arrow.

4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet? (A) Surdas, (B) Tulsidas, (C) Mira Bai, or (D) Kabir.

I know it is a temptation… but  DO NOT SPOIL IT! do not kill suspense. Do not click here... not yet

Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?

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23 Respostes to “3.en.61 Suspense, spoilers and narrative tension”

  1. Love Says:

    What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    First of all is the desire, intrigue, and suspense, wanting to enter into another world to meet new people, new expectations…
    Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    No because, u need expectation, intrigue to going forward reading the book.
    How would you feel if someone told you the end of a film before you had seen it?
    Bad, because you want to read the book, and know what happen at the end, wiht the same suspense that are in the begginng.

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“? (A) Amitabh Bachchan (the rest of the answer choices are not revealed).
    A) Amitabh Bachchan.
    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it? (A) Truth alone triumphs, (B) Lies alone triumph, (C) Fashion alone triumphs, or (D) Money alone triumphs.
    A) Truth alone triumphs.
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand? (A) A flower, (B) A sword, (C) A child, or (D) A bow-and-arrow
    D) A bow-and-arrow.
    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet? (A) Surdas, (B) Tulsidas, (C) Mira Bai, or (D) Kabir.
    A) Surdas
    Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    Ya, once a friend of my mother tell her what happen in the end of the serie, and then she spoiled the entrigue and the suspense.
    Welcum Maria (for the link).

  2. tatidt Says:

    I’m sorry Maria, but I’ve clicked! It was a big temptation!

  3. miguelinramonllull Says:

    What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more? The intrigue and suspense of a history, then more details.

    Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book? Yes.

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“?
    A) Amitabh Bachchan.
    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it? A) Truth alone triumphs.
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand? (A) A flower, (B) A sword, (C) A child, or (D) A bow and arrow.
    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet? A) Surdas.

    Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film? Yes.

  4. Peptoni Font Says:

    What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    -Make it fun and it intrigue.
    Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    -No, because already it does not have grace.

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“?
    A; Amitabh Bachchan.
    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    A; Truth alone triumphs
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
    D; A bow-and-arrow.
    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    A; Surdas

    Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    -Yes, when my friends tell to me the end of “3 Metros sobre el cielo”

  5. pepe1997 Says:

    What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    -I think that the intrigue and not know what happen in the end.
    Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    -No because it’s very boring.

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer”?
    (A) Amitabh Bachchan (the rest of the answer choices are not revealed).

    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    (A) Truth alone triumphs, (B) Lies alone triumph, (C) Fashion alone triumphs, or (D) Money alone triumphs.

    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
    (A) A flower, (B) A sword, (C) A child, or (D) A bow-and-arrow.

    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    (A) Surdas, (B) Tulsidas, (C) Mira Bai, or (D) Kabir.

    5) For 1,000,000 rupees: On the American $100 bill, there is a portrait of which American statesman? (A) George Washington, (B) Franklin Roosevelt, (C) Benjamin Franklin, or (D) Abraham Lincoln.

    6) For 2,500,000 rupees: Who invented the revolver?
    (A) Samuel Colt, (B) Bruce Browning, (C) Dan Wesson, or (D) James Revolver.

    7) For 5,000,000 rupees: Cambridge Circus is in which U.K. city? (A) Oxford, (B) Leeds, (C) Cambridge, or (D) London.

    8) For 10,000,000 rupees: Which cricketer has scored the most first-class centuries in history?
    (A) Sachin Tendulkar, (B) Ricky Ponting, (C) Michael Slater, or (D) Jack Hobbs.

    9) For 20,000,000 rupees: In Alexander Dumas’ book The Three Musketeers, two of the musketeers are called Athos and Porthos. What is the name of the third Musketeer?
    (A) Aramis, (B) Cardinal Richelieu, (C) D’Artagnan, or (D) Planchet.
    ANSWERS: (1) a; (2) a; (3) d; (4) a; (5) c; (6) a; (7) d; (8) d; (9) a.

  6. angelblanchvallespir Says:

    1)What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    -Don’t know how do it continu because it makes it interesting and amazing.
    2)Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    -No because all the emotion goes away.

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“?
    A; Amitabh Bachchan.
    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    A; Truth alone triumphs
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
    D; A bow-and-arrow.
    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    A; Surdas

    Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    Peptoni is a very chity person.

  7. sarah789 Says:

    What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    -That the book has intrigue and suspense, and if it has adventure is better.
    Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    -I think yes.
    _______________________________________________
    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“?
    -(A) Amitabh Bachchan
    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    -(A) Truth alone triumphs,
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
    (D) A bow-and-arrow.
    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    -(A) Surdas
    _______________________________________________
    Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    -Yes, some friend or family.

  8. aina tous Says:

    ·I think that the suspense in a book makes you want to read more and know what happens at the final.
    ·No, I prefer not to know what is going to happen.
    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“?
    -(A) Amitabh Bachchan
    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    -(A) Truth alone triumphs,
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
    (D) A bow-and-arrow.
    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    -(A) Surdas
    Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    Yes, I can, when I was watching Titanic my mother said to me the final.

  9. emil7234 Says:

    -What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    Only the curiosity and the intrigue.
    -Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    I, think yes, but is better to readed on your own.
    -How would you feel if someone told you the end of a film before you had seen it?
    If it told me the end of the film I woul be selfless to watched it, but if it was a very long serie sometimes I want to know the final.
    -In movies is a bit the same, it is not fun knowing what’s going to happen, before experiencing it yourself, is it?
    No, it isn’t.

    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    (A) Truth alone triumphs
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
    (D) A bow-and-arrow.
    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    (A) Surdas

    Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    Yes, when I saw in facebook what is will occur. It was very interesting for me , because this serie is very long and it’s extens far.

  10. Zandalie Says:

    1. What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    -I think the suspense.

    2. Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    -No because when you don’t know was going to happen, you find it more interesting.

    3. Questions:

    1) For 1,000 rupees; Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer”?
    (A) Amitabh Bachchan

    2) For 4,000 rupees; A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    (A) Truth alone triumphs

    3) For 16,000 rupees; In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
    (D) A bow-and-arrow.

    4) For 250,000 rupees; The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    (A) Surdas.

    4. Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    No, for now nobody told me the end of any film or book.

  11. juditell Says:

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“?
    (A) Amitabh Bachchan

    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    (A) Truth alone triumphs

    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand? (A) A flower, (B) (D) A bow-and-arrow.

    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    (A) Surdas
    _______________________________________________
    1. What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    I think is the suspense
    2. Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    I think yes
    3. Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    Yes, when my sister told me the end of “Un paseo para recordar”

    • juditell Says:

      3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
      (D) A bow-and-arrow.

  12. andrea199762 Says:

    ~ Make it intrigue.
    ~ I hate it when people unveil what happens because that is me off to read.
    ~ I feel bad because I would not be equally intrigued.

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“? (A) Amitabh Bachchan (the rest of the answer choices are not revealed).
    a) Amitabh Bachchan.

    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it? (A) Truth alone triumphs, (B) Lies alone triumph, (C) Fashion alone triumphs, or (D) Money alone triumphs.
    a) Truth alone triumphs.

    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand? (A) A flower, (B) A sword, (C) A child, or (D) A bow-and-arrow
    d) A bow-and-arrow.

    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet? (A) Surdas, (B) Tulsidas, (C) Mira Bai, or (D) Kabir.
    a) Surdas.

    ~Yes.

  13. idaira Says:

    What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    Make it intrigue, the suspense and the curiosity .
    Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    If you would not be nervous but not with the magic to see what would happen in the next chapter.
    How would you feel if someone told you the end of a film before you had seen it?
    Besides they would kill him and would not need to wath finish the film.

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“? (A) Amitabh Bachchan

    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    (A) Truth alone triumphs,
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand? (D) A bow-and-arrow.

    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet? (A) Surdas.

    Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    Yes.

  14. jlny7288 Says:

    1.What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    I think the suspense, the intrigue and curiosity.
    2.Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    Yes, but I would not feel the emotion.
    3. How would you feel if someone told you the end of a film before you had seen it?
    It is not fun knowing what’s going to happen.
    4. Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    Fortunately, no.

  15. claudiapg Says:

    1.What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    I think the curiosity.
    2.Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    No, I probably would have left the book.
    3. How would you feel if someone told you the end of a film before you had seen it?
    I feel the same, but annoyed.
    4. Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    Probably yes, but I don’t remember.

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“?
    (A) Amitabh Bachchan
    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    (A) Truth alone triumphs
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
    (D) A bow-and-arrow.
    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    (A) Surdas

  16. xiskete Says:

    1. I think the intrige and make problems to the principals actors.
    2. Yes but is not the same sensation.
    3. I feel good but a bit annoyed.
    4. Yes like Torrente.

    1)For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“? A) Amitabh Bachchan.
    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it? A) Truth alone triumphs.
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand? D) A bow and arrow.
    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet? A) Surdas.

  17. sarabouza12 Says:

    What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    -The intrigue to know what have to happen.
    Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    -No, Its terrible.

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“?
    A-> Amitabh Bachchan.
    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    A-> Truth alone triumphs
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
    D-> A bow-and-arrow.
    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    A-> Surdas

    Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    -No, because when the people say: I can tell you the finally? I say nooo please!

  18. neusr Says:

    What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    the intrigue and the suspense.
    Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    yes.
    How would you feel if someone told you the end of a film before you had seen it?
    good,because it does not matter for me if they tell me the end.
    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“? (A) Amitabh Bachchan.

    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it? (A) Truth alone triumphs.

    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand? (D) A bow-and-arrow.

    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet? (A) Surdas.

  19. Pilar Says:

    1.What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    I think the suspense.
    2.Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    No, I probably would have left the book.
    3. How would you feel if someone told you the end of a film before you had seen it?
    It is not fun knowing what’s going to happen.
    4. Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    Probably yes, but I don’t remember.
    ______________________________________________

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“?
    (A) Amitabh Bachchan
    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    (A) Truth alone triumphs
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
    (D) A bow-and-arrow.
    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    (A) Surdas

  20. guillemfurio Says:

    What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more? The intrigue and suspense of a history, then more details.

    Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book? Yes.

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“?
    A) Amitabh Bachchan.

    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it? A) Truth alone triumphs.

    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand? (D) A bow-and-arrow.

    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet? (A) Surdas.

  21. Rodrigo Deus Says:

    1.What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    I think the curiosity.
    2.Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    No, I probably would have left the book.
    3. How would you feel if someone told you the end of a film before you had seen it?
    It is not fun knowing what’s going to happen.
    4. Can you think of any time when a friend/teacher/film critic/book review spoiled a book or film?
    Fortunately, no.

    1) For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“?
    (A) Amitabh Bachchan
    2) For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    (A) Truth alone triumphs
    3) For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
    (D) A bow-and-arrow.
    4) For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    (A) Surdas

  22. philline Says:

    What is one of the key elements in a book that makes you want to read more?
    – the intrigue.
    Would you keep on reading if you knew in advance what was going to happen in the next chapter of a book?
    – Of course not, i want intrigue.

    1. For 1,000 rupees: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film “Zanjeer“?
    – (A) Amitabh Bachchan
    2. For 4,000 rupees: A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
    – (A) Truth alone triumphs
    3. For 16,000 rupees: In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
    – (D) A bow-and-arrow.
    4. For 250,000 rupees: The song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam” was written by which famous Indian poet?
    – (A) Surdas


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