Have you ever ripped a book apart because the ending was bad?
I once read a book where the main character died, his wife was raped and died during childbirth, all of his fellow heroes died, and his kingdom was plunged into chaos. I tore the book in half and threw it against the wall. Have you ever had such a visceral response to a books ending?
That's....an odd ending. What is this book called and who is the author? I've never been that angry at an ending, but I've been sorely disappointed in several endings. Especially when it feels like the ending has no relevance to the rest of the book.
I understand your frustration because it is a human nature to hope for a happy ending but in real life it is not always like that. A good book is an escape and somehow a guide to a better future. It can also give you a valuable lesson.
Sometimes I stop reading a book if I do not like the content because I believe that what we think is what we are. Reading about destruction makes you destructive in your everyday live.
No, but I threw one across the room in the middle of reading it- it was "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." I absolutely loathed it. I also threw "Sula" across the room (although many of my friends who loved it were appalled and said I just didn't 'get' Morrison's symbolism) I only made it to page three of James Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," but I didn't throw that one since there were other teachers in the room, so I simply put it back on the table and acted like I had already read it.
I have never done that. I just wanted to pass on a word of caution. It is much more expensive to do this to a Kindle version of the book. I do have to say though. I could have done bodily harm to Stephen King when I finally finished the Dark Tower series.
Can't say I've ever done that lol, but I've read a book that's considered a classic which I thought was mentally draining, depressing and just hard to get though. I would feel sick and tired after reading a few pages lol!
No, and only rarely thrown a book away. Once a friend of mine showed me his technique for making thick paperbacks more convenient to carry. He just tore them in half. I was pretty shocked, had never considered that before.
A book would have to be not just badly written, but morally awful before I would consider damaging it.
Though I've not ripped a book apart, I have definitely been affected emotionally by certain books and films. A bad example would be that I ran out of the Karate Kid just praying someone wanted to fight with me...of course I was 10 but I was ready!
Back in college, about 30 years ago, I was a big fan of Robert Ludlum. And the deep reason for that was that I could count on the ending. No matter how bad things got, the hero, outnumbered (and often an amateur) won against the big bad guys. Then I read one where he didn't. He survived to become an assassin, but the evil guys succeeded in their plot and headed on to rebuild the Nazi empire and take over the world.
I didn't tear the book apart. But I never read another Ludlum. And I felt deeply betrayed for 20 years.
I can't say I've thrown one across the room or ripped it in half, but I've read some real turkeys. I'd rather have a bad story line if the book is at least well written. The ones that get me are neither a good story or well written. You feel bad when it's over because some poor tree died so that book could be published. Just so it isn't a total waste I'll keep it in my back-pack to use instead of toilet paper when camping. May as well recycle and get some use from it.
Well, I was pretty young at the time, but passion does sometime mean that you have to or do lose control. Also, I have a hard time calling another feelings childish, and I did one time in my life (which is hardly a habit). lol
I just finished "Unraveling' and it was good/but at one point I was hardly working/scuse me/working hard and got to a place so surprising and so not what I was expecting that I loudly said "No you didnt just say that!" and my co workers laughed at me!Needless to say I had to go back to work then,no longer able to disguise what Id been doing haha as writers ourselves arent we striving to surprise/make people think/go outside their own comfort zones? even if we make readers angry,arent we just wanting to make them use their intelligence and grow themselves as humans? and isnt that what we want as readers ourseves?
I think your comment about making an out loud comment while reading a book is a cool one. I believe that best writers make you forget that you are reading a book at all. In closing, the rest of your comments are valid also.
Guess what, A book that allows you to see not all stories are happy, and not all lives are Hollywood perfect. Sounds to me like you showed a great deal of immaturity. Have you ever read the (Scarlet Letter)? it's a great read, however; it stares into the ugly of life.
I haven't torn up a book but, like Steele Fields, I did throw one across the room. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Right at the part where Aslan got killed. I did read it again years later and felt all stupid.
No. I have too much respect for books to ever destroy one. There is no excuse for throwing a temper tantrum just because you don't like a book's ending. (Would you throw your TV set against the wall and break it if you didn't like the way a show ended?) Even if I don't like a book, someone else might feel differently about it. If I buy a book and don't care for it--for whatever reason--I donate it to the public library.
We can agree to disagree on the no excuse comment, and I have never thrown my TV against the wall or thrown anything at my TV; however, if I can think of some situations where I might do so (watching TV in a Nazi Germany like situation might do it).
No, but I've ripped a bed sheet from anger because of a lie someone told me. Does that count? As for what you did to the book, I would never have reached the end-perhaps it was based on an unfortuante true story. I think you did the right thing.
No, never have done that before. Because i don't read books (novels or any stories) I only read textbooks like math, science, software engineering so I can't find a reason to rip it in half because I think that I will be needing it next time as my reference or I can use it as a reviewer.
As a writer, I couldn't see tearing up a book no matter how infuriated or disappointed I was. But I'm not the kind of person that acts out physically when I'm angry anyway so I think that probably goes hand in hand.
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