Some of you may have noticed this in the various books that you’ve read, but I’ve definitely noticed over the years that characters that we love have this annoying tendency to die.
And this is quite upsetting
I mean, who doesn’t get upset when their favourite characters die. It’s horrible.
And yes, I am looking at certain authors (who will remain nameless for potential spoiler reasons, but if you’ve read them, you’ll probably know who I’m talking about).
Now, characters usually die for a reason
That’s a generally accepted fact. The authors don’t (usually) kill of the characters for fun (though sometimes it feels like they do).
But sometimes we like to pretend that certain deaths didn’t happen
My mother excels at this. There are certain deaths in the Harry Potter series that she is convinced didn’t happen. She has decided that there was no point, and so it didn’t happen.
For some reason, I am unable to do this
People say if you didn’t like the ending, you should make up your own one in your head. But I can’t do that. If it didn’t happen that way in the book, then I can’t pretend it did. And if it did happen, I can’t pretend it didn’t.
Am I the only one who can’t do this? Is the ability to live in denial a common thing that I’m lacking? Or do you guys struggle with it too? Let me know.
Cait @ Paper Fury said:
NOPE. ME TOO. I’ve never been able to live in denial about anything and I CAN’T make up “my own endings”. Geesh, NOPE. I live 100% by whatever the author wrote (I don’t even really read fanfic for this reason…because I don’t see a point, because the author has the only way!) *ahem* Excellent gif usage here. EXCELLENT.
I’m glad I’m not the only one 🙂
The author’s word is binding…it cannot be undone. To imagine otherwise is impossible.
Thank you 🙂
I usually just go along with what the author writes, but once I read a book and refused to accept the ending and pretended that the awful bit didn’t happen and pretended everything stopped at the last happy moment. But that was only once.
I tried to do that once…failed miserably.
Every now and then I forget a certain character dies…but then I remember and suffer the pain all over again. I can never pretend it didn’t happen 😦
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Oh my goodness, SAME! I cannot UNread something! I love how people say to do that with certain books! No, sorry, I cannot! I did, however, read some fanfiction to satisfy my very unhealthy feelings about a certain ending. I still can’t unknow the real one though 😦 SOBS.
Urgh, I am SO glad I am not the only one like this. I create fanfiction in my head sometimes, just to create a different ending for a while, but the real one always exists, and I can never avoid it.
Amanda @ Nellie and Co. said:
Oh, you’ve not read anything by Derek Landy Cassie? HE KILLS PEOPLE BECAUSE HE KNOWS IT’LL HURT PEOPLE. My fave charcater in Skulduggery, why would an author do that?! *cough* Sorry, but yes, sometimes I live in the denial too that characters have died, but a lot of the time, I just put up with whatever has been done, because deep down, there was always a reason, right? 🙂 Great post!
Yes, Derek Landy is one of the authors I was glaring at while writing this post…
HOW DARE HE!?!?!? *SOBS FOREVER*
And, yeah, there is usually a reason of some description, which is why I find it so hard to pretend it didn’t happen…like, if that person never died, then this would never have happened, and this, and that, and eventually you get to the point where the world would have ended if that character hadn’t died in that way at that time…
Still sucks though.
I can’t do it either sadly 😦 I really envy your mom though! She needs to teach a class haha. A+ gif use by the way
Urgh, I do not know how she does it. It’s maddening.
Thank you *bows*
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