Saturday, October 18, 2014

Endings

Anyone ever have an entire series ruined for them because of the ending? I have. It’s happened quite a bit over the past couple years, too. (How I Met Your Mother, for example, along with a book series that decided to retcon things.) It makes me scared to reach the end of any series anymore, or to even invest time in a series at all.

Why do I bring this up? Because the final volume of Vampire Knight came out this week. At nineteen books long, this series has been part of my life for years. Not only did it introduce me to one of my favorite artists, but one of my all-time favorite characters, as well. Thanks to my luck with endings lately, though, I was prepared to ultimately be devastated.

I was wrong! More than wrong, in fact, since everything wrapped up in such a beautifully tragic way. (My favorite kind of ending!) After having so many series ruined for me, I’m absolutely thrilled that I won’t be adding Vampire Knight to that list.

Not sure how long this kind of luck will last for me, but I’m going to enjoy it while I can!

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  1. Ahhh! I'm so glad to hear it didn't let you down!!! It's about time and you've been so bouncy thanks to that Christmas album, I would have hated for this to bring you down!

    I haven't had too many book series do this to me yet, but it seems to be happening non-stop with TV shows lately. Such a bummer to invest years into something that just flops like it gave up in the end. :/

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    1. Sorry this happens to you a lot when it comes to TV! Even though it does for me occasionally (like HIMYM), most shows I watch get cancelled before they can even get any kind of ending, haha. (A plus side to being a TV show jinx, maybe?) Hopefully the TV shows you enjoy will stop doing this to you so often!

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  2. I know what you mean about endings, Heather. I hate it when I am left feeling let down. Glad this series bucked the trend for you. Happy weekend :)

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    1. Yeah, that let-down feeling is the worst, especially when you've invested so much time in a series!

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  3. I'm so glad you liked the end of your vamp series! Like you, I hate it when series, movies, or books crap out at the end. (Luckily, I know a creepy Halloween read that's 99 cents and doesn't crap out at the end! *wink, wink*)

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    1. Yeah, it's never fun when a finale ends on such an awful note, no matter what the finale is for. And LOL, thanks for the rec. ;)

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  4. I agree that an ending can absolutely change how I feel about a series. Glad that Vampire Knight didn't disappoint!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad, too...naturally, haha. It'd be one thing if this was a standalone, or even a trilogy, but to be disappointed after nineteen whole books would've devastated me!

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  5. I'm glad you enjoyed the ending for that one. :)
    I was super mad about How I Met Your Mother, too! My sister is way behind and has somehow avoided any spoilers. I'm waiting for her to call me up all ticked off! Lol.

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    1. Wow, amazing she hasn't been spoiled yet! And yeah, that ending...ugh. I could've lived with some other "off" moments in the finale, but the last couple minutes really killed the show for me. :(

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  6. I'm glad you enjoyed the ending to the series. I haven't read it, but I may have to try it out based on your recommendation. :) Thanks for sharing. I know I don't like it when a series ends badly either.

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    1. I adore this series. Matsuri Hino's artwork for it is absolutely stunning! I've seen some people complain about the ending, but it personally made me love this series even more. If you do ever check Vampire Knight out, I hope you enjoy it!

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  7. I know what you mean. I have TV series that I loved but won't watch in syndication because of how the series was ended. Glad this wasn't the case for you this time.

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    1. That's exactly what happened to me with HIMYM. I'm no longer able to watch it in syndication, despite how much I used to love the show. Sorry to hear this has happened to you with some of your shows!

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  8. This is the second post I've read today re spoilers. Some of my senior students have hated reading Shakespeare because an over-zealous teacher kept jumping ahead and telling them what happened next.

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    1. This post isn't about spoilers at all. It's about hating an ending so much that it makes me unable to enjoy the series as a whole anymore...

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  9. Spoilers usually don't ruin things for me, but I remember a few times they did. I have a problem with endings of series too. Most of the time, the right ending is missed. But I'm glad this one ended well for you. That kind of ending is my favorite sort too! :)

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    1. Like I said to Denise above, this post isn't about spoilers. Not sure what I did to make people assume that, since I never brought them up once. >.>

      And I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoys tragic endings! I often feel alone when it comes to that, heh.

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  10. So glad it didn't disappoint. I know what you mean though. So many endings are a huge disappointment. Usually I don't watch the last episode of a series for that reason unless I absolutely have to.

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    1. Funnily enough, even if I expect to be disappointed, I don't think I could ever avoid watching the very last episode. So many shows I watch I get prematurely canceled, I can't help but see one get actual closure for once! But yeah, avoiding the finale and creating your own in your head would probably lead to a lot less grief, a lot of the time, haha!

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  11. I'm glad you loved that ending, Heather! Sounds like it was an important series for you. :)
    Endings are hard, it's truth, but I'll have to disagree with you about How I met your mother!
    We had that coming! I had seen the signs at least so I wasn't surprised. And I liked it. It ended like it should have been from the start :P

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    1. I can never get behind that ending since it changed the whole point of the series to me. Plus, it's really grating how a toxic relationship was brought back to the forefront. While I like the message they were trying to put out, it just doesn't work for those specific characters. Had the show ended a few years earlier, I could have learned to tolerate it, but as it is, it just makes me want to gag. The show has proven time and time again that this shouldn't happen, so to make it happen at the very last minute is just...ugh.

      And I'm not saying I had never seen any signs myself. Like, I predicted the stuff with the mother, but it was still disappointing that it was predictable, and that it was so quickly glossed over, too. She deserved a better sendoff than that.

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  12. Yay! I know what you mean. There've been a ton of books I pretty much threw across the room. Yup. Even library books. (But keep that hush-hush.) I think TV series are the worst--especially when the writers are hoping they'll get renewed...and then they don't. Ug. Anyhow, enough ranting.

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    1. LOL, those poor books. But hey, they should've ended better if they didn't want to be thrown, right? XD

      Funnily enough, prematurely cancelled TV shows don't bother me, since...well...most of the stuff I watch is prematurely cancelled, haha. (Some book series, too.) I anticipate loose ends and such in that case and end up blaming the network rather than the writers over how things ended. In the case of HIMYM, I can't help but wish that show had gotten prematurely cancelled like everything else, since that would've been less disappointing for me, in the long run, haha!

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    2. I hear you. That was Firefly for me, and my hubby was really frustrated about Jericho.

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  13. I started the anime recently. I'm not into vampires, but this one has kept my interest so far. :)

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    1. Glad to hear it's keeping your interest so far! I really enjoy the anime, but it does have some differences from the manga. Also, only about half of the series was adapted, so there's a lot more to enjoy in the books! :)

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    1. Thanks! It was definitely a relief for me. I was petrified for months that I would hate it!

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  15. Always a wonderful experience to have a satisfactory ending! Glad this series did.

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    1. Thank you! It's been rare for series to end well for me lately, so I'm overjoyed that this is one of the few with an ending I love!

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  16. That's good it wasn't a let down. Some series know how to end well. Others do not. What's worse is when the book has a perfect ending and the movie trashes it and uses something else that is so much worse.

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    1. Most of the books I read never get adapted, and the few times they do, they're often so different from the original that they can't be considered a true adaptation at all, haha. A movie trashing a perfect ending definitely sounds irksome, though!

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