I’ve watched the rise of paranormal romance (nice going, Twilight) and urban fantasy with an concerned eye since I was a wee lass. Not because they’re not my cup of tea, but because they’re part of an increasing set of sub-genres in speculative fiction (our nice, academic word for fantasy and sci-fi) that have started to punch holes in the traditional distinctions between fantasy, science fiction, and other genres. While I don’t advocate forcing everyone to put their novels into only one distinct genre, I think a lot of the organizational mess that I see in speculative fiction nowadays can be solved with the addition of one major genre to speculative fiction–supernatural fiction.
So, today’s question is in two parts.
1. Do YOU like books with complicated plots and unexpected endings?
2. What book with a surprise ending is your favorite? Or your least favorite?
I adore books with complicated plots and unexpected endings. Nothing is better to me than a twist that makes me go “Oh my God” out loud. My favorite book of all time is The Count of Monte Cristo, which has enough twists and turns to last me a lifetime. I like being surprised. I suppose this comes from a childhood of reading and rereading a Miss Marple collection.
However, I tend to read so many books with twists and turns that it’s hard to pin down a favorite or least favorite. I might just go all the way back to middle school and say The Giver, which is only touching and poignant based on how you read the last scene. Or, there’s the gut-punching hope at the end of Son of a Witch, when Liir returns home to find… oh, I can’t tell you, that’s cheating you out of a great ending. My least favorite, though, is Dead Until Dark, which was just a sub-par local murder mystery with vampires on top. What was far more surprising to me was Sookie’s extremely cavalier attitude towards her vampire boyfriend murdering people for her.
What are your favorite twists and turns?
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries the show is based on has been on the edge of my radar for a while. I appreciated the fact that Harris’ vampires were old-school vampires, in contrast with the sparklepires of Twilight. Due to True Blood, though, the books are very in demand at public libraries. I finally got my hands on a copy after foolishly allowing one to slip away from me at a library sale. (It was even the lovely mass market cover rather than the one shown here.)
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
His big dark eyes looked into mine. His fangs had retracted; I was a little disappointed about that.
pg. 12 of Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your 2 ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!