Thursday, August 1, 2013

That Awkward Thursday (18) When (You Think) the Author Gets it Wrong



That Awkward Thursday is a feature hosted by Wholly Books where it's not only okay but encouraged to share your awkward moments! 

That awkward moment you are disappointed by a series's ending...


If you read YA, you've more than likely read a series. And the thing about series is that they allow readers to get more invested in the characters, the story, and the world. When reading a series it's easy to get so enveloped that you feel that you are actually there with the characters. The world is real. The characters are your best friend and yes, you may have a crush on one or two of them. We get attached to them and there's not much we can do to stop it. But like all great things these series must come to an end and when they do you are bound to feel some heavy emotions. You will most likely cry whether it be from tears of happiness because the author got things so right or tears of frustration because the author got things so wrong. 

Today, I'm going to be focusing on when the author gets in wrong (at least in your opinion). Unfortunately, being disappointed with a book or series ending is just part of life. At some point it will happen to you. It's just one of those things. And it totally sucks!

The most memorable series ending disappointment I had was with Requeim by Lauren Oliver. I was a huge fan of the series with Pandeomonium being my favorite. After the ending of Pandemonium I was so hopeful for Requeim. Unfortunately, I came away disappointed and was left feeling empty and unsatisifed. 

SPOILER ALERT FOR REQUEIM!!

I felt the ending was a complete and utter letdown because it felt so unfinished. There was no resolution. There was no finality. Just simply this motivational speech about taking down walls. I wanted closure. I wanted to know how Lena dealt with letting Julian go. What happened to all of the secondary characters? Did they survive? What happened to all of the "cured" people? So many questions left unaswered. BUT I think what I was most disappointed in was the fact that Lena chose Alex. I'm sure this is more of a me thing but anyways here's my reasoning. 

If you love someone, really someone, then you think they die. You grieve. Then slowly you begin to move on. You meet someone new. You fall in love with them. Then the guy you was originally in love with comes back and you find out he wasn't dead. While I think you would definitely have some feelings the fact of the matter is that you had fallen in love with someone else. I just don't understand how she goes from being in love with Julian to back to Alex. I just felt Lena should have talked to Alex, got resolution and went back to Julian. Again, that's probably just a me thing. I think most people wanted her to stay with Alex. 

END SPOILERS!

In conclusion, it sucks when a series you love, ends. And it sucks even more when a series you love ends in a way that leaves you disappointed!


2 comments:

  1. That happened to me with The Hunger Games. I felt like the ending was so rushed and kind of a cop-out. It had a tied-up-with-a-ribbon feel that didn't mesh with the rest of the series. It's a HUGE disappointment when that happens, but there are some fans who LOVE Mockingjay and some who probably love Requiem's ending.

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  2. I was very disappointed in Requiem's end too, it left me unsatisfied and full of questions. It really sucks when endings disappoint, the whole series kind of gets ruined because of it:(

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