marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote in bookish,

better a horrible ending than horrors without end

Pondering this after a couple of works I've read lately.  Don't know if they fall under it, but they reminded me. . . .

There are in fact a number of works that, with hindsight, I never would have read if I had known how dark they were.  But I plugged through them.

I couldn't bear to stop and leave the characters where they were.  I needed to get to the end and have the story resolve.  Even a horrible ending would be better than not knowing.

Some readers, I hear, can just skip to the ending and just read that.  I never manage to get detached enough to think of doing that.  Besides, I'm not sure it would work.  I wouldn't see the path between how they ended up and where I had last seen them.
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