Happily Ever After?

I finished reading Joy in the Morning a while ago and am now reading The Jungle Book. I have a huge bone to pick with Disney – yet again! – but I will save my complaints about this for some future post. Right now, I’d like to share some thoughts with you, kind Reader, about an article I read online some two days ago on bookriot.com – a website I recommend to bookworms and book-lovers alike – called On Hating Happy Endings. You can read said article here: http://bookriot.com/2015/01/20/hating-happy-endings/

My initial reaction when I read the article was ” Whatever makes you happy, pet! But good grief! Isn’t there enough woe and misfortune in the world already?”

I mean, life is tough as it is, so I usually turn to books for a little distraction, as well as entertainment. I prefer books that are generally on the happy side, shall we say. Of course there are loads of books – usually classics – that have me crying my eyes out every time I read them and I still love them, but … well, you get my drift …

So I found reading about someone who actually enjoys unhappy endings, somewhat baffling, and that gave way to melancholy thoughts. But before the really melancholy thoughts could kick in, I read the post again and got thinking.

Perhaps what I want from a book is not necessarily a happy ending but a GOOD ending. Whether it’s happy or not, depends on the nature of the story. Happy endings work well for the likes of Jane Austen and P.G. Wodehouse, for instance. But what sort of happy ending could I ever hope to expect from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, for example? And yet, it was such a good ending! Even something like the Millennium trilogy – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; The Girl Who Played with Fire; and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest – or The Hunger Games trilogy, had good endings, but I wouldn’t consider them happy at all!

Writers, please give me a good ending to your story – something that suits its theme. That’s what I look for!

 

The End

 

 

 

All Right, Jeeves

Happy New Year 2015 to you, Dear Reader!

2014 is over, and what a year that was! The start to 2015 was brilliant. And here’s hoping that the rest of this year will be just as good as 2014 was, if not better!

A new year of course means more books! Hip hurrah! I started my 2015 with Joy in the Morning – a Jeeves and Wooster novel. I’m halfway through and enjoying it immensely. I’m a big fan of P.G. Wodehouse and I confess, whenever I feel a little under the weather, Mr Wodehouse always manages to rescue this damsel from distress.

I find the World of Wodehouse to be a bit like A Comedy of Errors for the early twentieth century, if you will. There’s the Jeeves and Wooster series, which would have to be my favourite, Jeeves being the highly-competent valet of the young and rich – but rather idiotic – Bertie Wooster. Then there’s also the Blandings series with Clarence – the Ninth Earl of Emsworth, Clarence’s brother Galahad (Galahad! I ask you!), and his arch rival Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe. And not forgetting of course, Clarence’s treasure – the fattest pig in all of Shropshire – the Empress of Blandings!

But back to Jeeves and Wooster. In the early ’90s, the novels were adapted into a comedy series starring Stephen Fry as Jeeves, and Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster.  I’ve only recently started watching the series and it’s just as brilliant as the novels. In a nutshell, we have a clever series with a clever cast – we are talking about Fry and Laurie, after all! Here is a clip I came across recently, taken from the first episode of Season 1. Enjoy …