Friday, September 2, 2011

ff 5

This week's question is by Lisa Loves Literature!

If you could change the ending of any book (or series),
which book would you choose? Why and to what?

I would have to say - Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Wow!  What an excellent question!  There have been SO many books where the ending sucked, IMHO!  Too many books seem to wrap up in about 15 pages, where you need several chapters more to make it not seem rushed (oops...the author is over the deadline and need an ending NOW)!  Or, the author just gets the ending completely wrong!  Or the ending seems to have nothing to do with the rest of the wonder if someone else actually wrote it!

So, which one to chose?  I have to go with ‘Message in a Bottle,’ by Nicholas Sparks.  I actually screamed and threw this book across the room when I finished it!

I know it’s supposed to be a tear jerker…but why can’t they have their happily ever after?  You, as a reader, feel for Garrett and the loss of his wife, Catherine.  You also become quite invested in Theresa’s story, and hope that she finds a love of her own… someone who understands her and who will be there for her.  Why not have a ‘close call’ but have Garrett make it back to the shore and he and Theresa be together…and give them both a second chance at love.

I read this book over ten years ago, and I still remember my reaction to the ending.   So, this book I would definitely like to have re-written.  Even stick the guy in a coma for a few days or so, to build the tension, but then bring him out of it, and make everyone happy.  I don’t care about the whole adage: “It is better to have loved and lost then to have never loved.”  It’s better to let people know that there is a chance … a second chance waiting for them!

Then we have:
“What are you most looking forward to this fall/autumn season – A particular book release? Halloween? The leaves changing color? Cooler temperatures? A vacation? (If your next season is other than fall/autumn, tell us about it and what you are most looking forward to in your part of the world!)” 

Halloween is my favorite holiday, for many reasons!  The first reason is that my first kiss to my husband of 20 years was on Halloween!  Another, there are so many great Halloween memories from childhood.  Also, we make a big deal of it with our kids!  We would have an annual pumpkin carving party with their friends!  And new moms out there... you have GOT to get on the Pumpkin Fairy Roster!  (I heard about the Pumpkin fairy when our kids were tiny, so it was perfect!  You have the kids set out their candy buckets by the front door - minus a few pieces you let them keep - and after they go to sleep, the Pumpkin Fairy comes and takes the candy and replaces it with toys!  No sugar in the house for weeks on end, and no more sugar rushes etc!  Toys last a lot longer!)

I am sure that there are books coming out that I want to read... but have so many on my plate...and cannot follow dates like that well enough!  But I am sure I will be grabbing a few new releases!

The BIG event is going to Hawaii for a long weekend to visit my sister and sit by the ocean!  I need that recharge!

What do you look forward to in the Fall?


  1. Hey, new follower hopping through! I feel like all of Nicholas Sparks' books have tear jerker endings. The couple never really ends up happy together, someone always dies or gets sick or whatever. He's a pretty depressing romanticist.

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  2. Hi, old follower here for the hop. I have to say this happens to me quite often with Nicholas Sparks books, but I keep reading them (I must like crying!)

  3. I love Halloween too! I wish we celebrated it here in England as much as you guys!!

    Great post, new follower:D

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  4. Coming from the hop and I grabbed your badge and am a new follower ---- Did I say I love your badge????

  5. I haven't read "Message In A Bottle" but how you explained it, I completely understand your reasoning!

    New follower!!

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  6. I love Halloween! I'm so ready for fall! Great blog!

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  7. This week’s question is perfect for Labor Day weekend with the “official” end of summer and all.

    I’m all about fall! I love all four seasons and I’m sorry to see summer go (I hope to get in a few more swims in my pool) but I’m also amped up for Autumn.


    For most of the same reasons we all like autumn – fall foods, Halloween, the chill in the air, changing leaves and candy corn. But I’ve got a scary slant to why I’m angling for autumn. Hop on over to my book blog at to read all about the murder, mayhem, seriously spooky stuff and even some BSP!

    Happy Labor Day Weekend!

    Howard Sherman

  8. I love Nicholas Sparks, but he has written some really sad endings! :) I'm a new follower. Have a great weekend.

  9. Hawaii in the fall sounds awesome.
    I have lots of great reading planned and a trip to Austin for the Texas Book Festival.

  10. Great answer. I hate when books don't have HEA.

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    Danielle @Ramblings From This Chick

  11. Pumpkin Fairy? What a cool idea!!! :) I'm definitely a lover of Fall, so I'm happy we're moving towards it (instead of staying in summer).

    Happy Hopping!!

  12. I am a new follower!
    Hope you will stop by and check out my new multi-author blog 'The Writers Voice' with myself, Kristie Cook, Jamie Magee, Kim Richardson, Keary Taylor, Victoria Simcox, Jessica Sorensen, Brenda Pandos, Samantha Young, Jayde Scott, Megg Jensen, Danyelle Leafty and guest authors!

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  13. I have yet to read message in a bottle. I hated the Notebook bc I love the movie so much and it was too different. Although I loved The Last Song but refuse to watch the movie this time. LOL!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)
    Black Disaster Fairy

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  14. @Fran When we were there last year, I noticed that parts of England are starting to 'do' Halloween! We actually had a few trick-or-treaters! It was so cute!

  15. After reading AWTR by Nicholas Sparks, I just can't do his books. I need a little hope, lol. Thanks for the follow!

    Preet @ AWR

  16. I agree with you! I was soooo sad with the ending of A Message in a Bottle. It just broke my heart! thanks for stopping by (:
    Magic is in Words

  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you now as well. I'm glad to see someone else feels the same way about NIcholas Sparks. I know now that I do not want to read his books, because I don't want all the feel good, then the tear jerker. If a book makes me feel good, I want a happy ever after ending. :-)


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