Listen. Listen. Sometimes books get everything right. But a lot of times they don’t. And I would be lying if I said I don’t spend large chunks of time ranting about when they don’t. So, Strangers… get ready for some ranting. Let’s go.
- Who should have died?
Phoenix from the Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington. Now, I love Phoenix and I really loved his redemption arc. But I kind of feel like it was a bit undercut by him living as a human, rather than dying for the cause or even Violet. I feel like that would have really cemented his redemption arc better.
2. Who should not have died?
There’s a lot of deaths that fucked me up, but the cruelest was easily Fred Weasley in Harry Potter. How do you kill off a twin? How could you be so terrible? They’re two halves of a whole. Think about how hard it will be when the other Weasleys look at George or when he sees his reflection. They were a team. I just… how fucking dare you, Joanne.
3. Who should not have gotten together?
Alina and Mal from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. He didn’t notice her until she got powerful and then he judged her for using and enjoying her power. He was such a bitch to her all throughout Siege & Storm and acted like he owned her. He kissed another girl while they were together, but god forbid Alina even look at Nikolai. And then, of course, they only start to work as a couple when she loses her power. She had to give up being a Grisha for them to work. This is an awful, awful message. Ladies, never give up your ambition and strength for a boy. And yes, I know that’s not what Leigh intended. But so many people still interpret it that way. And that fucking sucks. Also they had no chemistry so.
4. Who should have gotten together?
Glinda and Elphaba from Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Despite the fact that the book is far darker than the musical, these two still find a way to have amazing chemistry and be completely and totally in love. I mean, Glinda uses her dying breath to speak to Elphaba (who may or may not be there as a spirit) (also this bit happens in the last book, Out of Oz). They would’ve been so good together.
5. Create your own ending: either change an ending you don’t like or finish a book that ended on a cliffhanger.
I’m changing part of the ending of Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead. It makes zero sense that Tasha was the killer and that she framed Rose. It was completely out of character. And the reasoning was really stupid and shallow. And, if everything had gone wrong (which it did), did she not ever consider Christian and how this would affect him? It makes no goddamn sense and I’m still pressed about it seven years later.
6. Create an epilogue.
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater technically already has an epilogue, but I want one where each of the characters say goodbye to Noah. He deserved a better send off than he got.
7.Give a character the happily ever after they deserve.
Finnick is brought back to life and gets to live happily ever after with his wife and son. The Capitol has the technology. Finnick was one of the big heroes. It’s very likely that this could be done. It also would’ve helped improve Mockingjay (which is still my favorite in the series).
8. Connect the end of a book or series to the beginning of another book or series.
Okay, this isn’t my theory alone, but it’s still a fucking great one that I did help develop. All right, this theory connects the A Court of Thorns and Roses series to the Throne of Glass series (both by Sarah J. Maas). In A Court of Wings and Ruin, it is confirmed that Feyre and Rhys will have a son. Additionally, in A Court of Mist and Fury, we are told that when things are Made, other things must be Unmade. I believe their son is Dorian from Throne of Glass. Somehow, he is Unmade and is no longer High Fae, so they have to protect him. Using the Wyrdgates, they hide him away in Adarlan with the royal family (not knowing this world would become just as dangerous). I mean, think about it: Dorian is literally Rhys and Feyre combined, both in looks and personality. He is 1,000% their son. Also, between Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms they bring him back home to Velaris and replace Adarlan’s Dorian with a fake and that’s why his character is so different in book five.
Well. That felt good. I love ranting about books. If gives me so much life. So… got any answers for any of these questions? Let me know in the comments.
Catch you on the flip side, Strangers!