Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday. This week they ask us to share lists on:
April 28: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ (are musically inclined, have lost someone, have depression, who grow up poor, etc.)
I was going to go with a bit darker spin on this week’s list, but it was taking forever and I could only come up with eight. Then another idea hit me and I decided to go with it instead. All to often a favorite secondary, hell even main characters sometimes, don’t get the ending they deserve. I’m going to share ten characters that I felt deserved or were owed a different ending than they received. WARNING: There will be spoilers. How can you talk about the unjust fate of a character without giving something away. So if you don’t want to know what happens don’t read past the bold.
Ten characters that deserved better
- Gallowglass in All Soul’s Trilogy by Deborah Harkness: I loved Gallowglass and he loved Diana, played such an important role in her life too. Now I don’t think Diana should have ended up with anyone other than Matthew, but Gallowglass deserved something better than ending up alone traveling the world.
- Emily Mather & Sarah Bishop in All Soul’s Trilogy by Deborah Harkness: Emily’s death broke my heart, it was so sudden and unexpected, and poor Sarah to go on without her. They should have had years together to spoil Diana and Matthew’s children together. SO unfair.
- Rob Stark in A Song of Fire series and Ice by George R.R. Martin: This was one of the many characters in this world that didn’t deserve to die. I could practically have a top ten list alone of characters Martin shouldn’t have killed off. Poor Rob though, and his new wife. This shouldn’t have happen.
- Ned Stark in A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin: Again. He killed off the only real hero this world had. Maybe that’s why it all went to hell in a hand basket. Damn you Martin!
- Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris: You can read my thought of this series’ end here. Of all the characters on this list, Eric, got the shaft over them all. Okay, maybe I’m still a little bitter…and hold grudges…
- Al from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison: Now Al didn’t nessisarily have bad ever after, get it. I just felt that he deserved more. He should have gotten someone too.
- Kisten from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison: I bawled when Kisten died. He shouldn’t have, but I’ve finally come to terms with it and how it helped to shape Rachel’s character. Still what a loss…
- Sam Cortland in Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: NO, no, no! I almost hate that I read those flippen novellas to fall in love with Sam only to witness how he was tortured and killed.
- Primrose Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: This one pisses me off. The whole bleeping point of this story was for Primrose to live. It makes everything Katniss went through pointless. Okay, she did free the society, but still. Why. Just why.
- Mariam from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: This was not an easy story to read, but reading about life for women under Taliban rule shouldn’t be. It should reflect the real world and life these women live. Still I wish Mariam could have had some happiness in her life. I wish he would have saved her.