Thursday, September 1, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday (#3) + Book Blogger Hop (#3)

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read that encourages book bloggers to reach out into the community and get to know one another through creative questions.

Question: If you could change the ending of any book (or series), which book would you choose? Why and to what?

Wouldn't you know, I talked about this very thing with my writing critique group this evening!


Most of us were forced to read it in high school.

I hated it the first time in 10th grade. Then I moved to another country where it was 12th grade required reading. I hated it all over again. It's the darn ending.

SPOILER ALERT: I know not too many of you are jumping up and down at the prospect of reading this classic. I just thought William Golding wrote a total and complete cop out. Not everyone can get saved. I was sad with the way things were going...Piggy dying and also Simon. All the boys were siding with mean ole Jack because he had the force and the ability to hurt them. But poor Ralph. He's left alone. The bad boys set a fire. Then it's Ralph all alone, running through the grass, nowhere to turn and no one to help. He will surely die. The suspense builds.

Only then there appears someone to help.

The freakin' adults! The Navy has finally come to the rescue. They laugh at the silly games the boys play, at the paint they wear. SO anticlimactic. This is not real life. Not everyone gets saved. I guess it's a happy ending, especially for Ralph, but come on. Talk about perfect timing.

I totally didn't buy it then, and I still don't buy it now.

Phew. That mostly feels good to get off my chest.  I'm not sure how I'd change the ending. I wouldn't want Ralph to die, that's for sure. He was the only moral compass left on the island. Maybe the others would take him prisoner. Then Sam and Eric, the twins, would realize they must let him go because he has a good heart. Slowly, he'd convince the others to join him again and they could stage a rebellion against Jack. Someone could stab Jack with a spear. More death, but hey, he was the ultimate bully. His bullying resulted in the lost lives of others.

Okay, maybe not death by spear; I'm not that cruel. Just a pretty bad injury. 

I still don't think I'll be ever reading this book again. Unless I have to teach it. Then I'm pretty much out of luck.

Jennifer at Crazy for Books hosts a weekly meme for book bloggers to blog hop. Check out her rules and participate!
Question: What are you most looking forward to this fall/autumn season – A particular book release? Halloween? The leaves changing color? Cooler temperatures? A vacation?
I am most looking forward to coming up with creative new lesson plans, as crazy as that sounds! I'm mentoring a new teacher fresh out of college who has tons of great ideas. When we put our heads together, MAGIC happens. Literally, you can see the sparks zooming around the room like little fairies. And it's even better when you see how engaged the kids are as a result.
Oh, and also, going to visit Ashley in Minot, ND for Thanksgiving! It may be freezing temperatures and piles of snow up north, but my husband and I are willing to risk the elements. We need a roadtrip in our new car and quality time with great friends.
Tell me-- I need to know! What are you looking forward to?  What book ending left you disgruntled? Leave a link to your Book Blogger Hop or Follow Me Friday post.


Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. I never read Lord of the Flies. I kind of wish I had. Not because I would have liked it but because it's so prominent in culture.
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Becky (Page Turners) said...

Mentoring the new teacher sounds really exciting. I sometimes have to train people in my job and I am terrible at it. I can really understand how you would be excited to find someone that you really click with and help

Tia said...

Hi, new follower hopping through! I had a great mentor during my student teaching! I've never read Lord of the Flies!

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Nina @ Death Books and Tea said...

I thought Lord of the Flies was terrible...the mentoring the teacher thing sounds interesting...enjoy it!
Nina @ Death Books and Tea

Pepca said...

I haven't read this book, yet, but I can see why the ending is frustrating to you.

Have a great weekend!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Cooler weather! And September is my Un-Birthday Book Month!

Here's my list of books I'm looking forward to this fall!

And it's time for
Readerbuzz's September Giveaway! A $25 Amazon Giveaway! and It's Time for the Indie Lit Awards!

Stop by! I always follow back.

Michelle said...

I am looking forward to a few things, check out my post to find out more

Karen said...

So glad there are teachers like you who care so much! Hope I have a great mentor like you when I go out into the Youth Library world!
Karen @ Books Beside My Bed

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I went to school 100% in French and even I had to read Lord of the Flies for my English class. What a drag! LOL

I'm a new follower.

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Jessi said...

Lol, looking forward to lesson plans?! You're crazy, dear!

New follower. Happy Friday!

kathy said...

Just hopping by. I've never read Lord of the Flies, although I did see the Simpsons episode that parodied it. :) Sounds like I'm not missing much!
Have a great weekend.

Julie Lynn Hayes said...

Hopping through, new follower!

I liked Lord of the Flies, and I liked the ending, so I wouldn't change it. I find it discouraging that so many young people disparage the classics and never give them a chance. I blame part of that on the way they're taught. I enjoyed them most reading them on my own, not dissecting them.

Come by and say hi! Full Moon Dreaming!

Annie @ TheBookHour said...

Hi, I'm a new follower! Have a good weekend. :)

Emma Michaels said...

I am a new follower!
Hope you will stop by and check out my new multi-author blog 'The Writers Voice' with myself, Kristie Cook, Jamie Magee, Kim Richardson, Keary Taylor, Victoria Simcox, Jessica Sorensen, Brenda Pandos, Samantha Young, Jayde Scott, Megg Jensen, Danyelle Leafty and guest authors!

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Howard Sherman said...

This week’s question is perfect for Labor Day weekend with the “official” end of summer and all.

I’m all about fall! I love all four seasons and I’m sorry to see summer go (I hope to get in a few more swims in my pool) but I’m also amped up for Autumn.


For most of the same reasons we all like autumn – fall foods, Halloween, the chill in the air, changing leaves and candy corn. But I’ve got a scary slant to why I’m angling for autumn. Hop on over to my book blog at to read all about the murder, mayhem, seriously spooky stuff and even some BSP!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Howard Sherman

Howard Sherman said...

Being the maverick that I am, I penciled in my own addition to this week’s Follow Friday question and then answered it.

Change the ending of a book? No way, no how.

From the perspective of a reader – it never even dawned on me. As a writer I find the notion sacrilegious.

Wait! I can explain! Follow me back to my blog for all the verbosity –

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Howard Sherman

KIKA said...

Oh I do love thanks giving too! That is awesome you are fresh out of college teaching! congrats :D hopping on through and am a new follower :D

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Kyle said...

Just hopping by! I'm a high school English teacher too and it's so great to see another book blog by a teacher! I have no idea how I am going to keep up with teaching/planning/grading and blogging/reading, but I guess I'll find out! Hope the year is going well for you! We start Tuesday and I'm getting a bit antsy for it to arrive :)

Marisa said...

New follower hopping through! Great blog.
Ugh, I haven't read Lord of the Flies yet, but it's required reading this year. Blah.

The ending that has bothered me the most out of any book I've read would probably have to be Mockingjay's ending. It was just such a disappointment to an otherwise fantastic series for me.

-Marisa :]

Books4Juliet said...

I have Lord of the Flies on my Kindle. Just a sample and I think I may want to read it too. I skipped your spoiler =)

New follower hopping through,
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