Ever watch a show that ends with your favorite character turning to greener pastures in the clouds? Or have you ever read a book where the author has killed off a character you were invested in?
You’re grumbling now, aren’t you? One of the first books I wanted to rip in half because an important character died was Rosamunde Pilcher’s COMING HOME. This book is a sweeping epic of the era before WWII, in the time when people dressed for dinner and used those manners we common people will never dream of.
Spoiler alert: Edward dies. Edward, who took Judith’s virginity. He flew off as a RAF pilot and got himself shot down by Germans.
Let me tell you, it HURT. Judith was devastated, but I was wounded as well. I loved Edward and he and Judith deserved that happily ever after. So why the EFF did the author rip Edward from Judith’s arms?
My oldest daughter told me about a school friend who threw her copy of Mockingjay at the Smart Board because Prim died. That is a powerful reaction from a reader.
If you’re a Downton Abbey watcher, you broke down when Matthew was torn from Mary, and Sibyll was ripped from her new husband, daughter and family. Losing beloved characters sucks but sometimes the character needs it to grow, even if it’s a pet.
Who did you lose–book or TV character–that made you throw a book or remote across the room? Let’s hear from you! One lucky commenter will win the book of your choice from my backlist!