This week BTT
asks: "If you could rewrite the ending of any book, which book would it be? And how would you change it?
First, I want to say thanks to Deb for using one of my questions this week (thanks, Deb!). And second, I want to say what was I thinking
Seriously, it's not that it's such a terrible question; it's just that now I'll have to come up with an answer. And an answer that isn't too much of a spoiler
, too! And after giving the question a lot of thought this morning, I have to admit I'm usually pretty satisfied with the endings of the books I read. Probably because I'm just not imaginative enough to think of anything else!
Of the books I've read lately, though, I can think of a couple that had endings that really disappointed. First, there was Penelope Fitzgerald's The Bookshop
. It's about a widow in the 1950s who opens a bookshop in a small English village. It's very hard to say much more about the book without giving away too much, so I'll just say that while I know the ending was inevitable, I found it really maddening. (But the book is definitely worth a read, even with the frustrating ending.)
More recently, a book that had an ending I found really disappointing is Brunonia
Barry's The Map of True Places
. Actually, I was a little disappointed by the whole book, but I thought the ending was especially weak – as if Barry had run out of steam and just wanted to tie everything up neatly. I felt the (**spoiler alert!
**) relatively happy and uplifting ending just didn't really fit with the rather dark tone of the rest of the book. I would have been happier with a few loose ends and a more realistic wrap-up. (I should probably say here that I read an ARC of the book – I suppose it's possible that the ending of the published version might be a bit different; I should take a look at the finished product and check that out.)
I do remember, as a girl, being very upset about the ending of Little Women
– I was really hoping Jo and Laurie would get together, and when that (** spoiler alert!
**) didn't happen I was very disappointed. But then, if they had
married, Jo would never have met Professor Bhaer
, and they never would have decided to start a school together, and Louisa May Alcott never would have written Little Men
, which turned out to be an even better book than Little Women
. There's probably a lesson in there somewhere about authors knowing what's best for their characters and
If I gave it a little more thought, I'd probably come up with many more examples. Probably way too many
examples. So I'll let it go at three. And how about ya'll
? Any disappointing endings you'd like to rearrange?