A Happily Ever After or A Heartbreaking Miserably Never After? #bookishtalks

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Hello, guys!

Something that’s been on my mind lately when it comes to books is the ending. Whenever I start a new novel the first thought that pops into my head is: “How will this book end?” For me, what makes or breaks a book is the ending. If ends horribly, I’ll end up not enjoying it but if it ends really well, I’ll end up loving it so much. However, recently I’ve noticed that so many people prefer a happy ending and many others prefer that heart-wrenching, “feels” provoking ending. Each book ends so differently and at times, I’ll prefer an ending over another but I never can predict which one I prefer better. Each ending has their own satisfaction and happiness that I can never guess whether I prefer a happy one or an eventful one. *Also, just to let you know there may be a few subtle spoilers but don’t worry their only spoilers to really popular books, which most of you have probably read!

so what do you like: a happily ever after or a miserably never after?

A happily ever after for me is one where not many of the main protagonists die and every character has resolved all the main issues. This ending usually belongs under the contemporary section.
DSC_0197Most contemporaries end with your fairytale ending, both the main characters fall in love with each other, after multiple events and they both live happily ever after. There is just something so satisfying when you close one of these contemporaries and you get this fluttery feeling in your chest that makes you want to explode in cuteness. One of the main reasons why I love happy endings is because of the cuteness it drowns you in and the happiness that you get surrounded in. You don’t have to worry about main characters dying (*cough* Allegiant *cough*) or you don’t have to worry about drowning in tears and feels. All in all, a happily ever after usually makes me super happy, despite it’s cheesiness and at times can make me feel bad because I’ll never have a perfect life or love story as those in contemporary novels! (Anna and St Clair. are #goals!! I will never find someone like St Clair.) However, sometimes a happy ending can mean one thing: cliché. One of my reading pet peeves is a really cliché ending. I’ve read enough happy endings to the point where if it’s pretty much your typical contemporary with an insta-love, a stereotypical main character and a super cheesy ending, I’ll end up having mixed feelings about the novel. Sometimes, I don’t really know what I can label as cheesy as most contemporary novels are cheesy but there are a few endings where I’ll be unphased because the ending was just too typical. I like happy endings that stick with me forever and happy endings that make me feel that bubble of happiness and excitement.

On the other hand, miserable and heart-wrenching endings are something that makes me really excited. It may sound like an oxymoron but I love books that break my heart into shattered pieces of glass, books that make me cry rivers of tears and books that make get hit right in the feels!

Yep! This is pretty much me^^^

I saw this post recently on Paper Fury about why we enjoy painful endings and after reading her post and reflecting on it: I literally had this revelation! What she said was so true. One of the things she mentioned was the fact that everyone loves feeling all the feels, whether you are the least likely to read tragic endings or the most likely. Feeling all the feels and all the heart-wrenching emotions is something we all enjoy. For me, it feels like magic. How can a book filled with only the 26 letters of the alphabet make you feel so much? Every book that has hit me square in the chest is like magic and it’s one of the many reasons why I love reading. The fact that the novel is so thought provoking yet so enjoyable just makes me want to fangirl all day. Let’s take The Infernal Devices for example, it was a rollercoaster of feels, excitement, fangirling and sadness, yet, it still stands as my favorite series of all time. Any novel that is a rollercoaster of emotions just gets me so excited and because it has impacted me so much it will always stay with me. Not only that but like Paper Fury has mentioned it give you the excuse to talk and chat with all these other people about the pain the book or series has given you.

However, sad endings and miserable endings are not always the best and sometimes, you finish a book and you just go: “What kind of ending was that?” Every once in a while, I’ll read this heart-breaking novel and it’s just so obvious that the author put in a tragic ending for the sake of a thought-provoking novel.
You can get sick of sad endings too, many novels usually end in a somewhat sad ending and you just get sick and tired of it. Killing off main characters is one of my pet peeves, to all authors: DO NOT kill off the main characters if it is unnecessary. Allegiant for example, killed off the main character for no reason what so ever and for me, it didn’t feel like she was trying to be selfless, it felt like it was trying to ruin a perfectly good novel. All The Bright Places, on the other hand, had this tragic ending that was cunning and well-thought out, it didn’t feel abrupt and it didn’t really feel like it was placed in the book for the sake of having a sad ending.

Sometimes it’s all about the balance my favourite kinds of endings are the ones where they can both be sad yet hopeful and happy at the same time. Complex endings are my favourite because you get the best of both worlds. Both the Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments provide perfect examples of these kinds of ending because they both end on a sad note yet they both end happily. These are my favourite kinds of endings.

i would love to hear from you guys! what do you prefer: a happy ending, a tragic ending or an ending that gives you the best of both worlds?

Sorry, for not posting much this week! I’ve had quite a few exams which I have conquered and slayed (If I can say so myself)! Don’t worry the holidays are approaching (Thank god!) and I’ll have lots more blog posts up soon!

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Re-reading: Yay or Nay ❤ Bookish Talks

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Hello, Lovelies!! Re-reading. It’s something we all love to do but it’s something that we can all find a little tiresome. Don’t get me wrong re-reading a book a thousand times just expresses how much you love that series or novel but sometimes, I just can’t stand it when I have to put myself through the process of re-reading a ten book long series just to relieve the joy that will never be as joyful as the first time you read that novel. Does anyone understand what I mean??

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Why Re-Reading And I Have A Little Bit Of A Love-Hate Relationship!

Re-reading is something I rarely do and if I do re-read a novel it’s usual backed up by a strong motivation and itch to re-read the series. When I was a lot younger, I would re-read the Percy Jackson series all the time. (Yes, I have actually re-read Mark of Athena five times and I’ve read Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief so much, I’ve memorised the order and names of the chapter titles) Everyone has re-read a novel before, whether it be a childhood one or a series you still love to this day. Re-reading is one of those things which tells someone else exactly how much you loved that book.

 However, noProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetw that I barely have any time and the fact that there are, “So many books but so little time,” just pulls me away from re-reading. Not only that but I hate putting myself through a book when I can already anticipate what’s going to happen next. What is the point of re-reading a book if you already know what’s going to happen next? Nevertheless, I still love my favourite books and it pains me that I can never read them again without going through the same emotional rollercoaster I rode on the first time I read the series.

There are so many books I wish I could re-read- The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, All The Bright Places and many more but knowing that I’ll never witness the same excitement and joy I felt when I first read the book is such a disappointment, which is one of the reasons why I don’t really re-read books. I’m also slightly afraid of not loving a novel anymore. When you reread something, sometimes you’ll discover that the book wasn’t even that amazing or it was actually a horribly written novel. I would hate to feel that dread in my stomach. There are so many negative reviews out there, of some of my favourite books and I don’t want to re-read a novel to discover that it was actually a novel with a shallow and cliche plotline with shallow characters.

Until recently, I discovered I was re-reading so much more than I would normally. I reread The Infinite Sea after watching The Fifth Wave and I also recently reread Lux. It was crazy, who would have thought, that someone like me, who isn’t a re-reader, was reading some of her favourite novels again. Maybe it isn’t actually too bad? However, to be fair, I did have a lot of motivation to read these books.

I read the books, fell in love with them again and I was completely amazed that re-reading a book you haven’t read could pretty much match the excitement you felt when you first read the book.

Okay so maybe I’m still slightly on the nay side for re-reading but I think if I find some motivation around the book community, I can finally find some time to sit down and re-read The Infernal Devices. I mean, I love flicking through a book and re-reading little moments but re-reading a  book could just be taking a bit far! I haven’t read Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty since I was like 13 and I plan on re-reading it soon!  I’m still a little conflicted… should I really spend some time re-reading books or should I read some newer books and discover some amazing new ones?

Do you like re-reading books? Or are you like me, a person who would rather spend their time reading and discovering newer novels to add to their favourites list? Share your thoughts below!

Also, I have some super exciting news! I’ve just joined an awesome book club called The Reading Rebels, up on good reads! I’m so excited because I’ve met some other amazing book bloggers, vloggers and Instagrammers! I’m the new moderator for this club and you guys can join us in reading our Book Of The Month for March!! I’ve had so much fun with this group and I hope you’ll join us!

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