3 Amazing Book Series with Unsatisfying Endings

(Image Credit: Scholastic)

(Image Credit: Scholastic)

As an English major, books are my everything. Becoming completely enthralled in a world and reading until the sun comes up is one of my biggest hobbies. But every now and then, a world and characters I have grown to love disappoint me in the end. As a writer I can sympathize. Endings are so hard. No ending will satisfy every single reader. But here are a few books that have massive dissatisfaction. Spoilers ahead, obviously.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As a book lover, I can guarantee to if you go poll a bunch of readers and ask what novel ending disappointed them the most at least half will say the final Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows. I love Harry Potter, I really do. It shaped my entire childhood. I even have a Deathly Hallows tattoo! But I will always admit how much the epilogue sucked. Pairing every single living character up and having kids seems like such an easy way out. And don’t even get me started on the children’s awful names. I suppose with 7 books worth of death and destruction J.K. Rowling just wanted some happiness, but who really wants that? Happy endings  just seem cheesy and disatisfying.

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Allegiant

Allegiant is the final book of the Divergent trilogy. Throughout the whole series, we follow Tris and see her world of factions. It was a very interesting dynamic for a series and definitely caught my attention. I read the first two books in a matter of days, then I had to wait a year for the final book. And then Allegiant came out and Tris got away from the factions all together by leaving her city. The idea of pure and damaged genes are introduced when they go to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, and it is all mostly uninteresting. Then at the end of the book, Tris dies, sacrificing herself to save her awful brother. Allegiant fast forwards two years and shows Chicago at peace and factionless. All in all, I was devastated that this strong female character ended up needlessly sacrificing herself. The movie comes out this month and is being split into two parts. Maybe the movie will do it better?

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Mockingjay

I read The Hunger Games in high school and I was obsessed. I was absolutely enthralled in this post-apocalyptic chaotic society. After I read the first two novels, I had to wait a couple months for the final book to come out. During that time, I spent a lot of time on Tumblr and was introduced to the idea that Katniss was asexual and that’s why she was kind of indifferent to both Peeta and Gale when it came to anything more than friendship. Her kissing them was just a way to make them happy and stay in her life when she didn’t know what else to do. I absolutely loved this theory because it put a spin on the classic love triangle and also put the spotlight on a sexuality that doesn’t get talked about much. However, in the end, Katniss ends up having children with Peeta and I was very, very disappointed.

 

As I said before, endings are hard. I understand I’m not always going to enjoy the endings the author chooses to write. The fact I was disappointed with these three novels doesn’t mean I renounce them all together. I still reread the Harry Potter series every summer! Disappointment happens but it makes us realize that these very talented people wanted to share their creation and we should appreciate them for creating these worlds for us to get lost in.

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What’s the big deal about… Jena Malone?

Jena Malone (Image Credit: Getty Images/MTV 2014/Getty Images for MTV)

Jena Malone (Image Credit: Getty Images/MTV 2014/Getty Images for MTV)

Since her feature film debut in the Showtime movie Bastard out of Carolina (1996), Jena Malone has been no stranger to daring roles. In this controversial drama directed by Anjelica Huston, Malone’s character is subjected to sexual violence by her stepfather. Since her performance in that film, Malone has played a series of memorable characters that are just as complex. Continue reading

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The Most Anticipated Movie Sequels of 2015

DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

DIVERGENT (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

Once school is back in, the rest of the calendar year really rockets by for me. It’s a little overwhelming but there’s so much to look forward too next year already! 2015 is going to be a full year for movies, and there are sequels aplenty coming. In case you enjoy making advanced plans, here are five sequels you must see in 2015! Continue reading

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2014 Soundtracks: On Top and On Tap

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox Film)

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox Film)

Soundtracks are a vital part of any movie- strip a movie of its music and you could wind up with an entirely different feel altogether. With 2014 being such a great year in film, it’s a given that it would be an outstanding year for the soundtrack. Here’s the best of the best with a sneak peek at the great listening that is yet to come! Continue reading

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VIDEO: Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Natalie Dormer Meet Fans at Special SDCC Event!

Theo James and Shailene Woodley at the INSURGENT SDCC Fan Event (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Theo James and Shailene Woodley at the INSURGENT SDCC Fan Event (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Lionsgate held two special fan events to celebrate the upcoming releases of Insurgent and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Daily Quirk is bringing you the inside info! Fans of the Divergent and The Hunger Games franchises roared with excitement at getting to meet the films stars. Shailene Woodley and Theo James chatted with fans and signed copes of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series books and one lucky young crowd member became tear-eyed as she met face-to-face with the handsome, James. Natalie Dormer, the latest star to join the The Hunger Games took part in a special “Capital Experience” along with the rest of the film’s Rebel Warriors. Not to be outdone, they gave the fan who waited in line to meet them the longest the star treatment and an exclusive first viewing of the film’s trailer! Watch the video below to see Woodley, James and Dormer in action! Continue reading

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The Best (and the worst) of Young Adult Book-to-Movie Adaptations

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (Image Credit: 2013 Constantin Film International GmbH and Unique Features (TMI) Inc.)

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (Image Credit: 2013 Constantin Film International GmbH and Unique Features (TMI) Inc.)

One of the best parts about first reading a book is being able to create the world inside of your head. The author guides you, but it’s up to your mind to fill in the blanks. You get to imagine everything for the first time, from what the characters look like to the ambiguous items and places they encounter. These days, however, our imagination isn’t the only one bringing a story to life. Young adult book-to-movie adaptations are growing in popularity, causing production companies to turn our favorite fictional characters and their stories into something we can actually see. There are so many mixed emotions that come from these adaptations; from the moment the book is optioned, to when the credits roll at the end of the film. Some adaptations leave us walking away beyond satisfied, happy to have seen something we hold so dear being brought to life exactly as we’d hoped. But that’s not always the case. Here are some of the best, and some of the worst book-to-movie adaptations: Continue reading

An Interview with ‘Under the Dome’ star Mackenzie Lintz

Mackenzie Lintz (Image Credit: Lou Freeman)

Mackenzie Lintz (Image Credit: Lou Freeman)

The world is getting ready to end for one small, New England town Monday at 10 p.m. on CBS when the highly-anticipated adaption of Stephen King’s Under the Dome premieres. We had the opportunity to chat with one of the series’ young stars, Mackenzie Lintz, and discuss her character Norrie Calvert, her family’s previous connection with King and just what she would do if an invisible dome suddenly came crashing down around her. Read on for the full interview… Continue reading