Thursday, September 1, 2011

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop 9/2

Feature and Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Check it out and join in!

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

A. I'm actually having a hard time answering this. The only time I think I'd like to change the ending of a book is if it's a book I didn't really like at all. And in that case I'd really be wanting to change more than the ending! If it's a book I really like or even love then I'm pretty accepting of whatever the author chose for the ending.

Of course, Romeo and Juliet did pop into my head. I wouldn't actually want the ending changed, but it's just so cruel! On one hand, the plot of this story is so tragically genius that it would be worthless if it were changed . But on the other hand...what would have happened if Romeo DID get that message and knew that Juliet wasn't really dead? What then, I ask? It would be a more pleasant way to end this tale, albeit less buzzworthy.

Stop over at Crazy for Books to find out more about this fun meme! Then join in!

This week: “What are you most looking forward to this fall/autumn season – A particular book release? Halloween? The leaves changing color? Cooler temperatures? A vacation? (If your next season is other than fall/autumn, tell us about it and what you are most looking forward to in your part of the world!)”

Answer: I am looking foward to two big things this Fall. First, cooler weather. Actually, I would settle for weather that isn't straight from the bowels of Hades. I live in Texas, and have been here for more than a decade, and this summer has been the worst I can remember (and I was hugely, enormously pregnant last summer...and it just doesn't compare to this year). It's like being snowed in but in reverse. Plus, I'm ready to start wearing jeans, sweaters, boots and scarves again!

Second, for some reason I am ridiculously excited about Bath and Body works starting to put out their fall scents. I am like a junkie at that store from fall through Christmas. I like getting all the little mini lotions in all the scents, and then I line them up on my dresser and admire them. I love being able to pick and choose which yummy smell I'm going to wear each day.
What are you looking forward to?


fairypenguin said...

New follower here! I'm still perplexed at the people who find Romeo and Juliet romantic. I always thought it was more a story about the destructive nature of hate than about love. I mean geesh, look how it ends. Anyway...

Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. I'd slap Romeo and Juliet upside the head for being romantic fools. But that wouldn't be much of a story.
New follower!
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Anonymous said...

I know what you mean. I am a New York girl, trying to survive the heat in Alabama. Cooler weather will be a welcome. FABR

mel u said...

Hopping in from the Philippines-we have no seasons here but wet and dry

Please hop by if you can

Tia said...

I'm also looking forward to fall and cool weather! New follower!

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кєяo said...

Hopping through... Romeo & Juliet is my favorite too. If I get a chance to change the ending, I would save them both.
New follower,

Niina said...

Oh Romeo and Juliet, daring to mess with a classic. ;) But happy ending would have been more my style as well.

New follower. :) My Friday and YA Giveaway

Sharon said...

Hi & Happy Friday :)

I am a new follower..

My FF & 500 follower giveaway -

Have a great weekend..

Nina @ Death Books and Tea said...

Romeo and Juliet would be very different and a little bit more interesting if they didn't die... but then no-one would really care that much about it if they survived...
Nina @ Death Books and Tea

duchess_mommy said...

Current follower stopping by for Follow Friday!

Ah, Romeo and Juliet, the classic heart-wrenching ending. It's never good when a story ends with both the main characters dead. But I wonder if they had not died and both had a child, would the child be subjected to the same fate?

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.

Shaunna said...

I liked your answer. It was a very original book to pick. :)

Happy Friday!

Scarlet Letters

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I picked a book that I didn't much like but you're right, I'd change the whole darn book if I had the option!

I'm a new follower.

Carmel @ Rabid Reads / Twitter

Annie @ TheBookHour said...

HAHA. I totally wanted to change the ending to Romeo and Juliet when I was in High School, it's one of the reasons why I've never reread it! :)

I'm a new follower. Have a great weekend!

Emma Michaels said...

I am an old 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!

The Writers Voice
"Where you get to know the people behind the pages."

If you suggest your favorite author in the comments we will see if we can contact them for an interview, guest post or other exclusive content!

Emma Michaels

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

Goldilox said...

Hey, you should check out the new release Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay. She puts quite the twist on the Romeo and Juliet story. Not quite the same ending you are talking about, but different for sure!

Here's my FF:

Happy reading!

Rebecca said...

I had a real hard time with it, since I wouldn't want to actually change an ending, since I feel the book ended like that for a reason! I did settle on Breaking Dawn and adding a tad more action though, just because it was a huge build-up that ended a bit lame. But I did like the book, so! Lol.

Happy weekend! :D My FF can be found here!

Aeicha @ Word Spelunking said...

New follower here hopping through!

Interesting thoughts on Romeo & Juliet. And I love the yummy scents at Bath & Body Works too!

Here’s my Hop

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember driving my english teacher crazy discussing that exact scenario when we did R&J in year 11 english.

I'm a new follower (Happy FF!)

Tania @ Wandering Hues

Books4Juliet said...

Great pick! Romeo and Juliet ended tragically and though it was beautifully written, I think it would be more beautiful if Romeo and Juliet end up together. Then maybe I will have the courage to read the book. ;P

New follower,
My Friday Hops

Moissanite Jewel said...

I remember Bath and Body when I lived in Kansas. I sure miss it.

I totally agree with you about Hades! I'm from Texas too, and we all need a break, don't we?

KristinCanRead said...

Just hopping through. Friday Post! New Follwer!!