1.a passage or quotation taken or selected from a book, document, film, or the like; extract.
2.to take or select (a passage) from a book, film, or the like; extract.
3.to take or select passages from (a book, film, or the like); abridge by choosing representative sections.
Excerpts are often shared a bit before the release of a book. Sometimes there can even be a few months between the sharing of the excerpt and the actual release of the full book. I can be a very patient person. With books and stories? Not so much. I.Need.It.Now! If I don’t read the excerpts I’ll still want to read it as soon but at least I haven’t been teased already.
Stuck With Half a Story
In the case of the above mentioned Sigthwitch I am now stuck with half a story. The first half of it also did very little for me. While where it ended was somewhat of interest, the chance of me buying this book has been reduced to zero. I lost all interest in it. The next half might be super amazing and might redeem the first half completely, but I will never know because this first half was boring. And since I read it so far in advance there is no way that is not going to be stuck in my head forever. The taste of dissapointment.
But when you do like the excerpt you are still stuck with half or a portion of a story. When you are excited it is hard to contain your curiousity. It can create high expectations for the rest of the book. That the book might not be able to meet after it has been build up in someone’s head for weeks or months. I am certain that will be the case for me with a lot of them.
Added to that is that the time might give me plenty of time to start creating my own ideas about how the story will go. Which might not happen in the book or not the way that I wanted. I think it would possibly taint my excitement of the book.
If I do read an excerpt to see whether or not I would like a book, there is the chance I will want to buy the book. Which will result in me spending money. My wallet will weep. My husband will weep even harder. I do not need excerpts as an extra excuse to buy books okay. I already have all of you. Kidding.
I’d just rather not know anything until I can read the full book.
Do you read excerpts? What has your experience been with them?