Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Unsatisfying Endings

***SPOILER ALERT-If you have not read the last book in Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games Trilogy and do not want the end ruined for you, STOP***

As a reader, when I pick up a book I embark on a journey. I am sure my fellow readers can identify. I get to know the characters, love them, cry for them when they face seemingly insurmountable odds, and cheer for them when they overcome those odds. So when a book, or series, ends in a dissatisfying way...I want to violently rip the book to shreds. 

Don't hate. I never actually do worse than throw the book across the room, but oh how I long to obliterate it and then go after the author. *evil grin*

As you can guess, I recently finished reading a very popular trilogy. There I sat enjoying a glass of my favorite cheap wine*grin* and a hot bubble bath as I read the end of Mockingjay, book 3 in The Hunger Games trilogy. It was a divinely fabulous moment until I finished the end. 

I hated it. If I wanted to experience the disappointment of real life when I read, I would shut my book and open up the newspaper. 



Sure, Katniss is alive, gets to be with Peeta, and even has a safe life with her children, but she is shunned in District 12 by a people she motivated to overthrow an oppressive government and is so traumatized mentally that I didn't get the feeling she enjoyed her life at all. I closed the book and tossed it into the floor beside my bathtub with a loud thump. I hate feeling the hollow disappointment of an unsatisfactory ending.

So this got me to thinking about other endings that left me dissatisfied, or even angry. And books I have read from many different genre's came to mind. Beginning with some I read and disliked as a kid. You'll notice that I dislike anything where the hero/heroine dies at the end.

1)Charlotte's Web- I cried and cried when Charlotte died. She was my favorite character. To my 6 year old mind, Wilbur was just a pig. Charlotte with her soft, kind voice(that is how my mom read her) and beautiful webs won my young heart hands down. 

2)Old Yeller- I don't think I need to go into why the end of this sucked so bad. If you what to make yourself miserable, by all means, read it.

3)The Little Match Girl- I felt mixed on this one as a kid. I was happy she got to go to heaven with her grandma, but what a sad life she lived on earth. I still look to make sure there are no homeless children out in the cold when I go downtown in the winter. 

4)Gone with the Wind- Did anyone else but me think that Rett and Scarlet deserved to live happily ever after?


5)Message In A Bottle- Nicholas Sparks ticked me off so badly with this one that I am reluctant to read anymore of his stuff. Terrible ending!


6)The Horse Whisperer- And ending very similar to that of Message In A Bottle. What a terrible thing to do to someone when they have just learned to trust again. I hated this ending, too!!!


7)Romeo and Juliet- I realize this ending is what makes this play so memorable, but it still makes me so dang sad.

I am sure that you might not agree with me on some of these and that is fine. I also know that I did not name many of the other books I have read with bad endings. Do you have one that you particularly loath? One that left you feeling dissatisfied? Don't worry about spoilers, if they are that bad, I don't want to read them anyway.



10 comments:

  1. Ugh! I was extremely disappointed with Mockinjay too unfortunately... I mean, I get when there's a purpose to having an ending that isn't "perfect" but Mockinjay went too far for me. As a reader, I felt distanced through most of the book, but I thought I could get pulled in if the end concluded in a way that made it worth the journey. It didn't. Which was too bad! I was SO rooting for it!

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    1. Agreed. I was depressed for a little while after shutting the book. I hate feeling like that over a book.

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  2. Sabrina, I never cared to read the second and third books. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but maybe I was disappointed in how the first one ended. I loved the book, but I didn't care to continue on with Katniss' love live. I was also disappointed with the endings of "Charlotte's Web", "The Horse Whisperer", and, of course, "Romeo and Juliet".

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    1. Ah, a kindred spirit! Thanks for visiting, Linda!

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  3. It all depends on how it's handled. I don't mind if the leads die, so long as it's not done in a way to just be different. I remember crying when I read Charlotte's Web, but it was the legacy the spider left behind that helped me be happy about it. Love the final line to that one.

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    1. "It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both." ~E.B. White in Charlott's Web

      I agree David. This is one of the BEST last lines. Which made me even more sad that Charlotte was dead.

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  4. I'm a dog person so I avoid Old Yeller like the plague. I understand exactly what you mean.

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    1. Worst ending ever. To go through all that only to have to shoot him. There are no words.

      Thanks for visiting.

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  5. Big disappointment. The end couldn't have been worse. Did the author just want to get it over with? I think we need someone to re-write it properly.

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