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Literary Obituaries Pay Tribute To Our Fave Characters

Here lies some of our favorite characters from literature. They were the reason we kept turning the pages, keeping us up late so that we could read what happens next. They made us laugh, cry, and possibly throw our books across the room if the plot didn’t go the way we wanted it to. 

We know that the death of a character is fictional, but they feel so real! To commemorate those we’ve lost, we’ve written up several “lit obits” in their memory.

 

West Egg, NY — Jay Gatsby

 

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Originally born as James Gatz, son of the farmer Henry Gatz, he left his home in North Dakota at a very young age to make his fortune in selling liquor during the Prohibition, since organized crime is truly the American Dream. He was a pillar of the community’s social scene, throwing the most over the top shindigs that would make the Met Ball look like a kid’s birthday party. He leaves behind a massive estate, unrequited romance, and an old sport.

 

Hogwarts, Scotland — Dobby

 

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Dobby, age unknown, died soon after a fatal injury caused by Bellatrix Lestrange’s knife. Many knew and loved Dobby for his helpful nature and loyalty to his friends. You couldn’t miss him, as he was always announcing himself in the third person. He was a class act all the way to the end, as he died so bravely. In the gardens of Shell Cottage is where you’ll find the headstone of the grave “Here lies Dobby, a free elf.” He doesn’t leave behind much other than his most prized possession: a single sock.

 

Indianapolis, IN — Augustus Waters

 

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Like putting an unlit cigarette in his mouth, Augustus Waters was deep. Like, ocean deep. Not only that, he also loved deeply too; enough to use his final days to make his girlfriend Hazel’s dream come true. His final adventure in Amsterdam will forever be one of the most romantic things we’ve ever read, it’s too bad our tears smudged those pages.

 

Capitol City, Panem — Rue

 

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Okay, actually, we’re really mad about this. Rue did not deserve to die! Our hearts are broken as we pay our tribute to the demise of Rue, who was Katniss Everdeen’s companion in the first round of the Hunger Games. She was too innocent for this world, and deserved much better than the dystopian nightmare she had to live in. She leaves behind a legion of sad and angry fans who feel the same way we do.

 

New England, USA — Beth March

 

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It is with deep sorrow that we mourn the death of Beth March, the beloved daughter of Robert and Margaret March. Beth was much loved by her sisters, her mother, and even Joey Tribbiani from FriendsShe was known for being a ray of light for her family, and really liking cheese. Don’t we all? We were sad to see her go, and she will always be remembered for being the coolest March.

 

 

 

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9 Couples That Were Meant To Be But Never Were

Missed connection: you were two characters in the same novel. You had every opportunity to fall in love and make my dreams come true, but you didn’t! You were perfect for each other, and I don’t know why others can’t see that.

 

It’s so frustrating when two characters who are meant to live happily ever after end up taking different paths without one another. We’re here to talk about a few couples who we felt had potential, and we’re still sad they’re not an item.

 

1) Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights

 

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You can’t deny it: There’s a certain charm in returning to your home town to get “the one that got away.” It’s a cliché that we love. Even though Catherine died before Heathcliff had a chance, it’s said at the end that sometimes you can see their souls walking along the moors. At least she’s not with Edgar anymore.

 

2) Harry and Hermione from Harry Potter

 

I liked the idea of Harry ending up with Hermione at the end of Rowling’s series. I’m sure many fans will disagree, but I thought that they had a really great bond and I would have liked to see more. Oh well, the Weasleys deserve love too right? 

 

3) Clarissa and Sally from Mrs. Dalloway

 

Slowly learning about Clarissa and Sally’s love that could never be broke my heart while reading Virginia Woolf’s classic. Instead, Clarissa married Mr. Dalloway, who let’s be honest, is a total snooze. 

 

4) Jo and Laurie from Little Women

 

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It’s possible for men and women to just be friends, but I think many of us wanted Jo and Laurie to just kiss already! Honestly, marrying the professor seems way less exciting, but more true to who Jo is.

 

5) Katniss and Gale from The Hunger Games

 

That’s right, I’m #TeamGale. He knows her better than anyone, he’s always been there for her, and he wanted to run away with her; what more do you need? Peeta would be fine without Katniss, he has one of the most reliable friends — bread. 

 

6) Cecilia and Robbie from Atonement

 

Spoiler alert: just when you thought this romantic plot line was going to work out really well, it turns out to be a complete work of fiction by Cecilia’s sister. I’m still mad.

 

7) Frodo and Sam from The Lord of the Rings

 

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I know there’s tons of fan art and fiction about this duo, but can we talk about how it would actually be really sweet? Sam is always talking about how he’d do anything for Frodo, and it’s clear that Frodo felt a lifetime bond with Samwise.  

 

8) Marianne Dashwood and Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility

 

It was going perfectly until Willoughby had to be a complete jerk and leave Marianne for a wealthy woman. I would have loved to have seen their happily ever after, but at least Marianne ended up marrying a good guy. 

 

9) Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar from Brokeback Mountain

 

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Um, obviously. There’s a reason this story became widely successful, and that’s because no one was expecting that awful ending. I made up my own much happier ending instead!

 

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Girl Uses ‘Hunger Games’ Knowledge to Save Friend’s Life

 

There are many lessons to be learned from Suzanne Collins Hunger Games trilogy:  The ravages of inequality, for example, or the dangers of a government with too much control over citizens’ lives. But Megan Gething learned more from the Hunger Games than that.  Amazingly, the Gloucester, MA teen learned a first aid technique through the book that would ultimately play a role in saving the life of a good friend.

 

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Megan, 12, was playing with a group of friends outdoors when one of them, Mackenzie George, fell and badly cut her calf. An ambulance was called, but Mackenzie was losing blood fast—until Megan intervened. Remembering a passage from the Hunger Games in which Katniss uses a shirt to stem the bleeding from Peeta’s injured leg, Megan used a pair of Mackenzie’s shorts as a makeshift tourniquet.

 

The quick thinking worked: Mackenzie made it to the hospital before her blood loss became truly dangerous. “Mackenzie would have lost a lot more blood, and it could have been life-threatening if she hadn’t done what she did,” Mackenzie’s dad Gregory stated. Mackenzie is slated to make a full recovery. 

 

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So next time you read some dystopian YA, take notes. It just might save your life or the life of someone you love.

 

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These Fan-Made Endings Are Better Than the Originals

 

Readers are incredibly creative. We often don’t like how a book ends and imagine what could have been… so we asked our fans a question: If you could create an alternative ending to any book, which book and what would you change?

 

And we were not disappointed.

 

While not everyone offered an alternative ending, but rather expressed their dissatisfaction with a book’s ending, the answers were great! Here are a selection of excellent alternative answers:

 

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

 

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“I would change the ending to Green Eggs And Ham. Don’t try them. Stay true to your beliefs and don’t succumb to Sam’s temptation.” –Jo G.

 

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell *spoiler alert*

 

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“Easy. Rhett and Scarlett would stay together and have the blissfully happy marriage that they should have….and Scarlett would never, ever give another thought to that wimply, limp-wristed Ashely Wilkes.” – Diana E.

 

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

 

Neville Longbottom

 

“Maybe not the ending, but I’d gave liked to have seen Neville Longbottom’s adventures at Hogwarts during The Deathly Hallows, instead of spending a year following Harry and company around on the year-long camping trip.” – Tracey C. K.

 

Allegiant from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth

 

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“Allegiant, the 3rd book in the Divergent series, hands down. The ending made me so mad. I threw the book across the room. And then I sat there and stewed in my anger.” – Ashley D. D.

 

“Hands down, Allegiant. I HATED the ending. So heartbreaking. The series should not have ended like that.” – Monica S.

 

Mockingjay from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins *spoiler alert*

 

Prim in Mockingjay

 

“I would change how ‘Mockingjay’ ends. Prim would not die due to the bombs being dropped on the children of The Capital.” – Carissa R.

 

“And I didn’t like Katniss having children because Peeta wanted them. She never wanted kids to begin with.” – Marissa C.

            Note: Katniss did not want children because she didn’t want to send them to the Hunger Games Arena

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte *spoiler alert*

 

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‘Jane Eyre – I might have spared Mr. Rochester losing his sight and being disfigured by the fire at the end. Yes, Charlotte Brontë does let him eventually regained at least some sight in one eye, but that’s a lot of punishment for a guy who was just trying to do the right thing.” – Thomas G.

 

It by Stephen King

 

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“I would change the ending to ‘It’. I loved that book until the ending… I feel like his endings are always frustrating to me though. It often feels like he puts all this time and effort into building an amazing story, but then gets tired of it and just throws some bullshit together for the ending because he’s over it. Idk how I’d end it, but anything would be better lol. I mean come on… a giant turtle?” – Connie H

 

Not exactly an alternative ending, but we understand the frustration!

 

So what do you think? What book endings would you change?

 

 

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