I recently read a book where this happened. Again. This is the second series I've read this year where one of the main characters dies. What were these authors thinking? Why is that the choice they made? It is their choice, but I still have the right to hate it. For one of these series, I already had the first two books in hardback and I refuse to buy the last book. I don't even want to see it on my shelf. And the other series, I was planning on buying it in hardback (I had it on my Kindle) and now….no. I'm not going to buy it. And should I recommend either series? I have to say, I can't say I love either series now. Can you love a series that doesn't end happily ever after? And how do you even rate it? How many stars do you take off for a crappy ending?
Some of you may disagree with me and think that it's realistic that one of the main characters should die, especially in these paranormal/dystopian/fantasy books where there are big battles, etc. And yes, you're right, but I still don't care. If it's a world with magic, with zombies, with vampires, etc. I'm really not concerned with realism. If a character dies, bring him/her back to life. Have the character get really wounded, lose a leg or something, but the character should get to live after going through all of that trauma drama. I want to close the book and feel satisfied and happy. If I want to feel sad, I'll watch the news. The real world has enough sadness and death and not happily ever afters that I don't need it in my fiction. So I'm seriously considering finding out ahead of time if the final book in a series ends happily and if it doesn't, I'm just not reading it. I'm done.
Posted by: Pam