So I’ve been thinking about how there are so many series books nowadays. And with these come cliffhangers. I hate cliffhangers. And I just thought about all the ways I reacted to all the different cliffhangers so I made this. What have I felt?
What?! What?! What the heck just happened?! This is a series?!
This usually happens when the book doesn’t specify that it’s a series. I think a lot of us have come across these kinds of books. I mean seriously, you’re going to end the book in a cliffhanger. Why won’t you indicate that the book is part of a series?
NO! NO! NO! *flips pages endlessly* Where are the other pages?
When a book is so good, you just can’t accept that it ends there. Who hasn’t tried to flip all the empty pages? Or tried flipping through the book extras you don’t care about? Or went back a couple of pages just to make sure? I surely have double checked or triple checked for pages I would never find.
AAAAARRRRRGGHHHH! NOT AGAIN! *throws away book. flips all tables*
I experienced this during the ending of Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. Some endings just really rile me up that I want to rage-quit. Of course I won’t really. But at that time that’s what I would feel like. Some cliffhangers are just too much, especially if you consider all the waiting you have to do. And yes, I love my books but sometimes they make me want to throw them away or rip them up.
Dear Author, Can I have the next book now please? Please? Please? Please?
I think people who are active on the internet are prone to do this. Authors are so easily accessible now through Twitter or Email or whatnot. So of course you have to ask them about the next book. Sometimes you even ask them even if the first book hasn’t even been released yet because it was an advanced readers copy. Usually, this comes with some fangirling and begging.
Noooooo!!! *curls up in a book hangover ball* No one talk to me.
Sometimes you get angry, sometimes you just get depressed. You can’t read for days just thinking about that book that affected you so much. And you ask why why why is the next book not here yet. And you lie awake imagining what would come out of them. And you just can’t move on until you find out.
Why did I start this book? I shouldn’t have started this book.
Sometimes, you just know the book will end in a cliffhanger. You know the book is part of a series. You’ve seen reviews saying that there will be a cliffhanger. But the book looks so good or so many people are saying you should read it. So you give in and read it in one or two days. And then you reach the cliffhanger. And then you regret it a little.
Oh. Another cliffhanger. Oh well. The next book will come soon enough.
In the end, all you can really do is wait. None of it is in your control after all. You love the book so much, but all the emotions won’t really make the wait faster. It won’t make the release date come earlier. So just calm down. Grab another book. And maybe freak out when the next book will released in a few weeks or days.
Sometimes there’s also…
Usually this happens when the book just isn’t good enough that the ending doesn’t even matter much to you anymore. How awful is it when the book has frustrated you so much and then you find out that you can’t even know everything yet? I think that’s just plain awful to me, and I’ll probably give up on the series. Or I would google the summary of what happened or something.
Yeah, I used the stages of grief. I’ve pretty much gone through all of these. However, I think I have reached acceptance towards cliffhangers. Occasionally, I regress though, and let my emotions take over. 😛 But mostly I just try to avoid them as much as possible.
Oh, and I scoured Tumblr for these gifs. 😄 I’m not very good at it so if you have tips or suggestions then please feel free to comment.
What are you like when the book you are reading ends in a cliffhanger? Have you experienced any of this? Do you have other reactions to cliffhangers?