For my Edgar Allan Poe Challenge this week, I read The Gold Bug.
I thought it was a good story. But, I feel like it was told in a backwards fashion. I think it would have been better if the happenings were swapped and we followed the story through the perspective of William Legrand. In my opinion, that would have made for a more fun and interesting story. Then we could have tried to figure out the coded message with Legrand and went on the journey knowing that he wasn’t crazy and what his intention was, rather than finding out everything at the end. It felt more like a lesson at the end when Legrand was revealing his secret. This made the ending a bit boring for me.
The big reveal at the end was a bit weak and kind of went on and on to the point that I started skimming. I think it would have been a more enjoyable story overall if it would have been told the other way around so that we were discovering it with him.
Share your story: Do you agree with me? Do you think it would have been better told in another way?