Vent About Bad Endings has a fun post today about bad TV, book and movie endings.

Add your comments here! Which book endings did you hate, and why?

I'll start: my favorite book of all time, Lolita, has a terrible ending. The book just kind of disintegrates – no resolution. Lolita gets old and has a kid, and Humbert chases around his old nemesis Quilty. Someone gets shot, I think, but I can't even remember who, despite having read the book a few times. I was incredibly disappointed when I read it.


  • Stephanie C.
    June 12, 2008 - 12:47 pm | Permalink

    This is really how I feel about the Memory Keepers Daughter. I was loving this book so much for the majority of the time and then the ending killed it for me. She might as well have just said “… and they lived happily ever after.” What a cop out.

  • June 12, 2008 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I hated the ending of Lolita as well and in the movie version, it starts with the ending!
    I don’t care for mysteries but when my book club chose The Lighthousem by PD James I didn’t think it was too bad until the story ended. It was almost as bad as “the butler did it”.
    As for movies.. I always thought Andie should have ended up with Ducky in Pretty in Pink.

  • June 12, 2008 - 6:09 pm | Permalink

    OK, if we’re getting into movies… At the end of “The Bridges of Madison County” (don’t judge! I didn’t read the book) – I wanted Meryl Streep to get out of the car and go after Clint Eastwood.

  • Sarah
    June 12, 2008 - 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I thought the end of “House of Sand and Fog” was terrible. I wasn’t a huge fan of the book up until the end, but I thought it was a solid novel until the ridiculous ending, which left a very bad impression on me. I didn’t think that the ending of “Free Food for Millionaires” was up to par with the rest of the book, but I didn’t strongly dislike it.

  • June 13, 2008 - 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I just finished “The Yacoubian Building” and thought the ending was too contrived/happy for the tone of the rest of the book. It almost felt to me as though the author had written it a different way, and the publisher said he had to make it happy.

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