If you read my blog post last week it was about the book Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes and my anticipation of how the ending would turn out.
Well as I expected, she killed off the main character. It was very sad. But, she was right to. I knew it, you probably did too. It made for a poignant ending and a better book. It just wouldn’t have been as good if the end was illogically happy. Although I’m all for illogical happiness, on most occasions.
So, after reading the ending of Me Before You and getting teary as the author probably anticipated or hoped, I thought about other books which caused a similar reaction in me when a main character was killed off.
These are the ones I could remember off the top of my head. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling, A Dog’s Life, by Ann Martin, and The Overstory, by Richard Powers.
I have to say out of all of them beside’s The Fault In Our Stars, and The Deathly Hallows, the ending of A Dog’s Life really got to me. I didn’t want it. I expected Charlotte’s death, though I didn’t want it, but about a dog, I couldn’t believe the author did the deed. A person’s one thing, but a dog! Really! I remember walking around the house telling anyone who would listen, including my son’s dog, Portia, that the author didn’t have to do it. Portia was in total agreement. I can always count on her for that.
What are some of your favorite books in which the ending is less than happy?