A couple of weeks ago, Steve sent me an article about the most reviled book endings of all time – with lots of reader opinions and contributions.
I, of course, have opinions about this as well. I cried for hours at the end of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. I know it probably had to end this way to have any impact, but it still broke my heart. The same for A Separate Peace by John Knowles.
The Silent Tower by Barbara Hambly got thrown across the room when I came to the end. As I was getting closer and closer to finishing the book, it wasn’t coalescing like I thought it should be. I realized at the last page that it was setting up for the next book. I hadn’t known it was going to be a series and I was spitting mad. Eventually I calmed down enough to read the rest of the series and I liked it fine enough but I’ve always remembered the book flinging.
I know several people who didn’t like the ending of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell but it turned out that none of them have actually read the book; they’ve only seen the movie. I contend that if you’ve read the book, then you know that by the end Rhett is completely done with Scarlett. No going back for him. This is the reason that I never read Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley – just so wrong.
Lots more, but it’s your turn.
Any book endings that you abhor? Or that you particularly fancy?