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Follow Friday: Changing Book Endings

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Follow Friday Question: “If you could change the ending of any book (or series), which book would you choose? Why and to what?”

A: Whoa!! This is seriously tough. I’m not sure if I can pinpoint an exact book, but book endings that frustrate me are:

  • Endings that are vague- this is not only annoying but very dissatisfying
  • Endings where everyone is unhappy or dead- i.e. any book by Toni Morrison, also Mockingjay 🙁
  • Endings that feel rushed or tie things together a little too nicely

The only other thing I would add is that I wouldn’t change the ending to Harry Potter, but I would ask J.K. Rowling to just add on to it. Seriously if she wrote another 7 books PER the  Potter/Weasley offspring, I would read them!

P.S. I just want to clarify and say that I didn’t hate the ending of Mockingjay- it just wasn’t what I expected. It was still a great series as a whole, but this book didn’t have a victorious-type ending that I think a lot of people thought it would.

What book ending would you change and why?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Tia

    I agree with you on Mockingjay!

    My Follow Friday

  • Mockingjay seems to be a popular answer to this week’s question. I haven’t read it and the more I hop the better I’m beginning to feel about that!

    I’m a new follower.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    • Carmel- I DEFINITELY think you should read this series! It really is amazing- just the ending of Mockingjay took people by surprise I think.

  • Amber Elise

    I haven’t read the Hunger Games trilogy yet but your comparison to Toni Morrison scares me! Haha!

    New follower!

    Amber @ Du Livre

  • My Shelf Confessions

    I vote for another 7 books added onto HP too!! LOL I haven’t read Mockingjay but that seems to be a VERY popular answer this week. It makes me want to avoid the series altogether! I don’t mind endings where the author lets the reader decide what they choose to believe, i recently read an amazingtastic book that ended like that called Dominance by Will Lavender – i DO wish he had written a FEW more paragraphs JUST so i would know FOR SURE, but I understand why he ended when he ended it. I’m a new follower!

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  • Websal

    It is heresy to change the ending to mockingjay. I think it ended on the right note. I don’t need a happy saccharine sweet ending to enjoy a book. If I don’t like the ending, thrn I usually don’t find the book noteworthy.

  • Bad endings are the worst! But yes, dystopian never really has a happy ending (although Divergent isn’t sooo bad?)

    AND I’ll sign the petition for another 7 HP books!

  • Scondous

    Hi & Happy Friday,

    I completely agree!

    My FF, http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

    Have a nice weekend 🙂

  • Good answer! 🙂
    New follower.

  • I would read more Harry Potter books, too! 🙂 And I think an extra 20 (or more) pages wouldn’t have hurt Mockingjay, either. But for the most part I wouldn’t want to change book endings, either.

  • Mockingjay is getting a lot of mentions for the question. It’s up there with Breaking Dawn.

  • Mockingjay is getting a lot of mentions for the question. It’s up there with Breaking Dawn.

  • Kika Latu

    LOL mockingjay has got to be one of the most popular titles I have seen pop up for this FF. It makes me even more timid to read it LOL. love your blog and Happy Friday! am now a follower:)

    The Book Bluff

  • Maybe it’s because I liked The Hunger Games series as a whole for the “wrong” reasons, but I actually appreciated the general end of Mockingjay. It incorporated the positive qualities of Collins’ twist-style writing and though the official ending was a bit too sweet and incorporated all the things I didn’t really like in the The Hunger Games (the romance, mostly), I did like the bigger-picture ending.

    Meanwhile, the ending of Harry Potter frustrated me. I understood why Rowling chose to end the books like that, but personally I would have preferred the hopeful ending as opposed to the blatantly happy one…

    • I think Mockingjay’s ending was tough to read because it didn’t wrap everything up in a nice little bow. Which isn’t a bad thing, necessarily- just not what YA-ers are used to.

  • Sorry it took me so long to come by and comment. This weekend was crazy!

    I agree with you about Mockingjay. The ending is definitely not what I expected. But, I’m glad it wasn’t. I loved that she showed that not everyone lives happily ever after and after a war like that, it’s kind of hard to keep some things (relationships, happiness, etc.) intact. I do wish she would’ve fleshed out the part with Katniss and Peeta rekindling their relationship, though. That would’ve helped the ending seem a little more happy.