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Friday, April 3, 2015

A Conversation with my Brain and a Question to the Masses

Me: Hello, Brain!

Brain: …

Me: Hello?


Me: Brain!

Brain: What?

Me: I’ve been trying to get your attention. What are you doing?

Brain: I’m watching TV.

Me: Don’t you know that TV rots your brain? OMG! I’m turning into my mother!

Brain: TV can be educational.

Me: Reruns of The Scooby-Doo Mystery Hour don’t count.

Brain: They totally do. I am using my deductive reasoning to determine who the criminal is.

Me: Let me help you out there. It’s the creepy old guy in the floppy fisherman’s hat. It’s always the creepy old guy in the floppy fisherman’s hat.

Brain: Well, now I guess I don’t have to watch the end of the show now, so thanks for that.

Me: Can we talk books now? I want to talk about Divergent.

Brain: I wonder what’s on BBC America....

Me: Ugh! Never mind.

Since my brain doesn’t seem to want to talk to me right now and has nothing to say, I will pose my question to the masses, but let me preface.

I was looking up Allegiant. I know the book has been out, (I can get it on Kindle for $3.99), but the Collector’s Edition is coming out this fall and I wanted to pre-order it. So, I was looking up the listing and that is when I saw it. The words in themselves are innocuous enough, but strung together, the floor fell out from beneath me.

“The heartbreaking conclusion”……..

I read no further, but I wondered. I’ve actually been thinking about it ever since. So something really bad is going to happen and I probably won’t like it. The wheels have been turning trying to figure out what it could be. Only one thing comes to mind and, if that were the case, I know I know I’d be pissed as all hell.
No spoilers please, so don’t tell me what actually happens.

Divergent by itself is self-contained enough. The story could end there and I would be okay with that. The good guys won! And while the ending wasn’t exactly happy, it was satisfying. Victory has a price after all. Sequels aren’t always necessary. Look at Highlander. The first film was fantastic! I’m sorry, I meant the only film was fantastic! I kind of sweep any subsequent films under the mental carpet or hide them in the closet with the skeletons.

Knowing that something bad is going to break my heart in Allegiant got me to thinking, though. So here’s the question.

If you know before you even start reading a book that something bad is going to happen, would you read it anyway?


  1. Nope. No way, no how. Not gonna do it!

    Remember how I used to gush about Outlander and recommend it to anyone and everyone? I love that book. It was my perfect read, which is why I refuse to read any of the sequels. I don't care how many she writes, the story begins and ends with Outlander for me.

    Just my two cents....

    1. Can't say as I blame you. Although, I read the second Outlander book and nothing bad happens. Still, you know it can't work out.
      I think if I knew ahead of time, I couldn't pick up the book. Like The Fault in Our Stars. Everybody raves. I just can't though. Main character sickly or have 6 months left to live? The book goes back on the shelf. Can't do it.
      I'm going to have to think on this.

    2. Good example! I have a copy of The Fault In Our Stars, but can't read it. Everyone warns that you'll be a bucket of tears while reading it, so I can't. I just can't. Maybe someday if I'm in the mood for a good cry, but not until then.

      Good luck!

    3. I know I'll read Allegiant since I am now somewhat invested in the story, but had I known, I might not have gotten Insurgent. I could have just pretended the story began and ended with Divergent.
      There's no way in hell I'll read The Fault in Our Stars. Someone in their brilliance bought a copy for Brianna for Christmas because she asked for it. It was probably Cam's mom. I told her it was not appropriate for an 11 year old. She hasn't read it yet.

  2. I guess it doesn't keep me from reading it eventually, but it may make a difference on how soon I read it. I read TFIOS and didn't like it as much as everyone else seemed to. Maybe it was because I knew something bad was going to happen all along.

    1. I think for me it depends on the title, but I tend to stay away from the life trauma books. When I read the summary, if I see the book is about terminal illnesses or anything horrific like that, I won't even pick it up no matter how good the reviews are.
      I won't even watch the movie of TFIOS. Can't do it.
      I will read Allegiant, but I think, like you, it may take me a while to pluck up the courage.