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TRUTH OR DARE: The Weekly Confessions of a Hopeless Bibliophile
(aka: "Truth or Dare Friday") #ToDFriday

TRUTH: Usually will require you to answer a question or a prompt that can be completed in text format, such as a "discussion" or "list" post.

DARE: These will require you to "go out of your shell" a bit. You may need to complete a special project, share photos, vlog or complete some equally "daring" task. Let your inner dare devil come alive!


Truth: What is your biggest bookish-related pet peeve? 
 "Open to interpretation" endings in trilogies or series' are a steaming pile of poo! There, I said it. 

Why do I feel this way? Because I have just given you three years of MY LIFE and it's unfair to leave me hanging. I don't always need a HEA, but I DO need closure. When this happens, I no longer trust the author and will often refuse to read any of their future books. 

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  1. Hey Jen, What are some of the series that you think ended up this way? Would be interested to know.

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  2. Requiem, Reached, Rise to name a few. :(

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  3. Ah. A hot topic - this week, especially. I am all for unconventional endings, so I am one of the odd balls who loved Requiem's ending. I haven't read any of the other series you mentioned, though. It seems as though series endings are becoming harder and harder for authors to write. It's as though they believe they have to think outside the box and provide the most mind-blowing, twisted or dramatic endings they can think of. I don't know if I am right, but I can't help but wonder if publishers are putting this pressure on their authors, too. Controversary makes people talk, and death, in particular, seems to be "remembered" by the masses. The author gains so much exposure from all of the talking - then by the time their next book comes out, many people have already forgotten their pain, but they remember the talk. So the author's future books will likely sell well, regardless (this is not saying their books are any good, though). And since so many people talked before, more people will be aware of their newest release. Remember: Even bad news is great exposure. :P

    Even still, sometimes I do hate it when it seems like an author wrote a bad ending seemingly just for the sake of starting controversy and "talk". I can only think of a couple series to have done this (one about sparkly vampires, to be specific) - But I don't think Requiem was one. I think that Lauren Oliver had a fairly obvious agenda from the start and fulfilled that agenda with the ending to her series. Could it have been written more conclusively? Perhaps. But it is also strangely reminiscent of the album, The Wall... And for that, I applaud her. :)

    GREAT answer to this question! Thank you so much for participating in Truth or Dare this week!

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  4. Jenna, It's really ironic that this was today's post because I scheduled this several weeks ago before all of the stuff went down this week. :)

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  5. Yikes! I'm also not a fan of poor endings, especially if it's a series I've devoted YEARS to!

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  6. That's true. If I have invested my time in a series, then I would want some closure. With that said, if I ever make a trilogy or anything, I'll be sure to tie the loose ends. It would suck to lose readers that way!

    Open endings can be done right, but I think I've mostly witnessed this in short stories and stand-alone novels. I'm trying to think of trilogies that have left me hanging but I don't think I've completed any yet that fit the description. Hmm, I have heard of Requiem.

    Okay. I'm trying to imagine if Harry Potter left us hanging...

    Mmm, yeah, I would be furious. SO furious.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Here's my truth or dare.

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  7. Case in point, Requiem. >.< I need some sort of closure too.

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