Published May 24th, 2015 by

Books never seem to go out of fashion, and even in 2012, when you’d think we’d be passed the idea of a good book, Amazon brings out the Kindle

and we continue to buy them in their droves. But while books can be intriguing, emotionally demanding and entertained – just look at Fifty

Shades of Grey – they can also be downright disappointing when it comes to an ending.

Here we’ll look at some of the bleakest story endings of all-time, so you have been warned: SPOILER ALERT!

The Marriage Plot, Jeffery Eugenides

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You’ve given a lot of time to a book and then the ending goes and ruins it for you – is there anything more annoying? While not every book can

guarantee to satisfy everyone, you should at least be happy with an ending. And unfortunately The Marriage Plot doesn’t come under this


Creating a brilliant character, like Leonard, means the reader becomes emotionally attached, so by then turning him into a manic depression

after he leaves his love, Madeleine, it forces the reader to become quite disappointed and downbeat.

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

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A rite of passage story for teen girls, Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May Alcott is a fantastic story about four extremely individual

sisters growing up in Massachusetts, but while the story keeps you engaged throughout, the ending is just downright mundane and disappointing.

Basically, they all get married. And that’s it.

To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

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To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the most loved books of recent times, but there is an issue. The problem isn’t that it’s too long, too short

or even not engaging enough, but the fact that it ends at all. Why did Harper Lee not just keep on writing, seriously?
It’s a brilliant book and the ending just ruined it because it meant it was all over.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

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Crazy characters, insane plot, amazing visuals and a story that would engage even the most unwilling reader, and then you’re told it was all a

dream. No this book isn’t a Martin Luther King speech; it’s just a book with an unbelievable story which is ruined by a rubbish ending.

In The Woods, Tana French

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Everyone loves a great murder mystery but when there are two intriguing stories within the book, it’s probably a good idea to give the reader

an ending to both. Basically, Tana French gives us a solution to one of the murders, but doesn’t even mention what happened to the first one,

leaving us bewildered and wondering what the hell happened.
It’s a great book, but a frustrating one if you like a full resolution.

Room, Emma Donoghue

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A story which revolves around a mother and son who have been held captive in a shed for seven years is a dark and interesting one, no doubt,

but when they finally manage to escape, Room just becomes more of a boring university study than a novel that keeps you hooked to every page.
Why do authors do this to us? All we want is a fantastic ending!

These books were read and reviewed by an intern at online printer cartridges shop, PrinterInks.

Published May 19th, 2015 by

Since the 70s, there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding Scientology. It is a bizarre religion: unabashed about its celebration of wealth and glamor, shamelessly determined to draw celebrities into its ranks, and based around a mythology that bears an uncanny resemblance to bad sci-fi. Among the celebs associated with the religion are John Travolta, Kristie Alley, Jason Lee, the Beckhams, Sarah Palin, and Will Smith. And of course, who could forget Tom Cruise, who has become a sort of figurehead and chief publicist for the religion.

Lord Xenu

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Scientology––as is attested by their putative growth of 4.4 million members annually––has an undeniable appeal. It was originally conceived by L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer and self-help guru, in 1952 New Jersey. The etymology of the name scientology reveals that the religion (the only major religion to emerge from the 20th century) is dedicated to the aim of ‘knowing how to know.’ One of the core beliefs of this meta-knowing spiritual movement is that an alien tyrant named Lord Xenu captured, froze, and brought billions of intergalactic beings to Earth 75 million years ago in spaceships resembling Douglas DC-8 airliners. Then Xenu stacked them around volcanoes and detonated hydrogen bombs inside the volcanoes, which eventually provoked the alien souls to inhabit human bodies.

Of course, these scriptural truths (made public during a trial against Scientology) are only revealed to adherents who reach the highest ‘Levels’ in the exclusive religion, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and only be achieved after revealing intimate personal secrets that are carefully recorded and kept on file in the church headquarters. The highest levels of the doctrine are only revealed at sea, aboard the church’s luxury cruise ship.

Tom Cruise’s girlfriend auditions

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Vanity Fair recently featured an article revealing the latest Scientology scandal. Their article claims that the highest-ranking officials within the church held secret auditions for Tom Cruise’s next girlfriend after his divorce from Nicole Kidman. They wanted to ensure their leading man would wind up with a woman who was friendly to the church. So they told their young attractive female members that they needed to film a new recruitment video, and held auditions for the part, which entailed asking questions like ‘What do you think of Tom Cruise?” They eventually settled on Nazanin Boniadi, who they matched with Cruise; and the two dated for several months. But when things started to sour, they sent her away to a special church retreat where she was reportedly forced to scrub toilets with a toothbrush.

In its colorful history, Scientology has also been responsible for acts such as suing public libraries, organizing demonstrations against psychiatry, and can count Charles Manson among its former adherents (although he eventually renounced the church, deciding it was way too crazy).

Here to stay

But it would be unfair not to also point out that there tens of thousands of people who have nothing but good things to say about Scientology, and even Jerry Seinfeld has publicly stated that the courses he took with the church benefited him and were a positive experience. So regardless of what your opinions about this controversial religion are, there is no doubt that it will continue to make headlines and provoke derision and praise alike. Just like the celebrities it so eagerly brings into its folds, Scientology seems to be organized around the assumption that ‘any press is good press,’ as the Hollywood saying goes.

Author: Alfie Davenport works for and has a keen interest in all the weird and interesting aspects of celebrity culture.

Editor’s note: does not endorse Scientology and in fact, finds it quite absurd.

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