Wednesday, March 28, 2012
***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***
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.