Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly book discussion with a new topic every Tuesday hosted by Shanah of Bionic Book Worm. It’s each blogger’s job to pick five book-related things (though you’re welcome to pick things from other media, if necessary) that fit the topic.
This week’s topic is books we’d rewrite. Have you ever read a book you expected to go one way, but instead went in a direction you didn’t like? Or maybe there was something about the character development you weren’t into. Whatever the issue, there’s something about some books we wish could change. What if you were given the chance to make those changes?
Well, today I’d like to share with you five books that I’d rewrite. I actually like all the books on my list, but each have distinct flaws that, if fixed, would make them brilliant. I’ve tried to keep my reasons as spoiler free as possible. Now, let’s begin!
I actually really enjoyed this book, but there are definitely a couple things I’d change. First of all, I don’t like this new direction Bardugo is taking Grisha powers. I preferred when they had actual restrictions. In fact, the whole thing with the saints is really out of place for this world. I’d also create a new villain, as opposed to recycling old ones. With those changes, this would be a 5/5 book.
The relationship in this book suffers from a bad case of instalove. I would make it much more of a slow burn. I’d also weave all the plot elements together as the story goes on, rather than doing it suddenly at the end. This book has my favorite depiction of faeries ever, so it deserves to be a better constructed story.
The only thing I’d change about this story is the narrative device. Instead of having half the story told in the present from the perspective of a bard, I’d tell the whole story solely from Tea’s perspective. Let the audience watch her become an antihero, thus allowing certain scenes more emotional impact. Other than that, I’d leave the story as is.
The Dark Artifices could’ve been Clare’s best series if it weren’t for this book. It’s not terrible, but it uses some tropes I don’t like and forces a certain romance down the reader’s throat. If it were up to me, the Thule plotline wouldn’t exist. Julian would’ve gone full antihero. Kieran’s “redemption arc” would either be completely rewritten or done away with entirely. I probably would’ve killed him off. Then the series would’ve been perfect.
It’s been almost 10 years since this book came out, and I’m still pissed about the ending. The person Mead wrote to be the culprit makes no sense! It’s completely out-of-character for this person to do what they did and their motives make no sense. There were so many other characters it could’ve been and it would’ve been so much better. I also just didn’t like how everything worked out perfectly in the end. Even before I became as jaded as I am, it didn’t feel realistic. But, other than that, this is a good finale.
Do you agree with my opinions? What are some books you’d rewrite? Let’s discuss in the comments!