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
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
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
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
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
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
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.