Dancing to Dirges

Depressing and happy things Tim says, sometimes while drunk

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A league of extraordinary standards

Why are book endings so hard? So often I'll be reading a book, happily exploring the world that the author has created, and then some rogue plotline comes tumbling out of the underbrush and plows through everything and then we're sliding down a scree of bad dialogue and awkward coincidence and it's just...frustrating. This book I just stopped reading held a lot of promise, and it's done well commercially, but the ending is just a shambles. Very disappointed.

I don't claim to be any kind of solution to this. People contact me to say they're X far through the book and gosh they love it and I would really have to jump off a bridge to ruin the book. And so far those people have been happy with the ending of HoV, but I want to be clear. A book is a complete package. If you like the whole thing but didn't like the ending, you didn't like the book. In the same way, you should never force your way through a book you're not enjoying just because the ending *might* justify it. Toss it. Tell your friends to not read it. It's the only way to get authors to write better books.


At 4:49 PM , Blogger Daryl said...

I don't think your plan will work. Only good writers are discouraged by lack of readers, or by people telling other people not to read their books. Bad writers are unstoppable.

Your honor, at this point I'd like to submit exhibit A. Bailiff, please let Dan Brown out of his sack.

At 9:12 PM , Blogger Splitcoil said...

Seattle does too exist. You and your twittery lies.


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