Wednesday, August 6, 2008

fairy tale endings...

Ok, so I'm not going to tell you what happens. I don't know what happens in 752 pages.

I just know the last two pages.

Because I am weak.

I had to fly to Michigan and I did not have time to get to the bookstore. No, I didn't go at midnight, although I am sure it was fun. And I didn't go on Saturday. I bought the book today.

But I saw it in the airport.

And I walked over, picked it up, flipped to the back. And read. And smiled.

It was what I wanted.

Then I calmly put it back and got on the plane. Thinking about those two lovers, caught in all that fictional turmoil.


See, I don't like books with bad endings. It better end happy. If I am going to enter into an alternate reality (and I have a VIVID imagination) it needs to be better than my own life. This is why I am not so big on Faulkner or Andre Dubois or any other writer who doesn't wrap it up in a nice neat bow at the end. I can tolerate realistic fiction to some extent, like Jodi Picoult, who I think is amazing. But the loose ends need to be tied up and someone needs to smile and go on living at the end.

So I'm happy. Even if I cheated. And you'll never tell what I did. And you don't even know how it ends from what I've said. You don't know what I wanted.

But I got it.

Now, page one.

(yes, I know. there is only one label that's appropriate.)


Debbie said...

My daughter revealed to me yesterday that she too looks at the last page of all her books. I like to be surprised, but she said she wants to peek...Like someone else we know and love apparently! I am still only on the first I have a long way to go.

Nichole and Scott said...

I must confess I am a girl who reads it through even if it kills me to do so. I like your theory and way of thinking. I too want all stories to have happy endings and am disappointed when they don't. I'm needing a new book to read. Let me know if you liked the entire book when you're done.

Kat said...

Reading "Cold Mountain" is what turned me into a read the end of the book first type person. I do that with each and every one.

Lori said...

I bought it on Saturday and finished it Sunday afternoon. Thanks to my fab hubby he let me read all day until it was finished.
He took care of all 3 boys and
the dogs.

I heart Edward

Lula! said...

I am not mad at you--I didn't read the ending first, but I did get Tiffany to give me one big juicy detail ('cause she got an early copy of it) before I started reading, just to hold me over last Friday. And it did hold me...and it made me happy...and I wanted to kiss Tiff full on the mouth. But that's a whole other story.

So let me know when you finish--we'll have lots to discuss.

Heather said...

I can't believe you cheated!!! SISSY!! Hurry up and read so we can discuss!

Jamy said...

Hey SITSta! Congrats on being featured! So what did you think of the book?