Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: Without including any spoilers, name a book whose ending you’d like to change and why you’d want to change it. (Tough assignment, I know, but you can do it!)
Diane MacKinnon: There are a million books I’d like to change the ending of. Any character I grew to love, (There are so many!) I would make sure they made it to the end of the book hale and hearty. It’s difficult to pick one book, given the “no-spoiler” rule, but I do remember hucking The Once and Future King across the room when I got to a certain horrible part in the middle. If you’ve read it, I think you’ll know what part I’m talking about. I read it as a kid and I was devastated by what happened. If I could, I’d go back and change that part. It took me weeks before I would go back to the book and start reading again.
Wendy Thomas – Oh there are a few. Old Yeller probably tops the list (but now as an adult, I understand why it had to happen, but still, sheeesh.) Harry Potter – I didn’t want an ending, I wanted the stories to magically keep on going forever.
Also, while it’s not a book, the story that is Dead Poets Society is a heart breaker, again I understand that the ending had to happen the way it did, but for the love of all that is good, I wish the father had let up, just a little bit. For goodness sake, give the kid a break.