This article does seem to be more (but not exclusively) about reading non-fiction, whereas your complaint seems to be more about applying this methodology to fiction.

Note that where he talks about ‘ruining the ending’ I think that was more figurative than you’re taking it to be. Indeed the whole ‘Ruin the Ending’ section talks about authors making assertions, asking yourself if you agree with them, etc. Yes, you can do this with fiction, but it makes more sense as a suggestion for reading non-fiction and philosophy (which I mention separately because sometimes it, too, is fiction).

Psychology graduate with interests in values and morality, cognition and executive function, and High Functioning Depression. Kiwi living in London, UK.

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