5 December, 2022

Book Endings We’d Like to Change

The Millennium Trilogy
By Stieg Larsson

The world of literature is full of books that leave readers hanging, wishing for a different ending. Thinking on this topic, I chose an ending that I would like to change. I think the last novel, including the ending, of the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson should have been different. The first two books in the trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire were action-packed adventures full of twists and great characters. The fast-paced ride seemed to fizzle out in the third and final book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I was expecting an exhilarating ending – Lisbeth getting real justice and everyone living happily ever after. Not only did the last novel lack the closure in a happy ending, (or any real ending at all), I felt the book lacked the explosive punch that could have really brought the trilogy to a close. Instead, it focused more on the legal aspect of the trial and the aftermath and left all the good stuff from the first two books out. If I could have Larsson rewrite the ending – I would have more twists and thrills and a happily ever after for our exotic heroine.

-Stephanie Ward


  • TS Tate

    Tee received a Master of Arts in English in 2008 from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has studied under Edgar nominee Tim Gautreaux, Booksense Pick novelist Bev Marshall and Clarion West graduate and World Fantasy nominee, Cat Rambo. She has more than ten years of documentation and editing experience and is currently the Editor-in-Chief at LitStack.com.   She has spent the past nine years in the corporate environment as a Technical Editor and has previously edited for Christine Rose, Phoebe North, Heather McCorkle, Laura Pauling, Anne Riley, Christine Fonseca and UF writer Carolyn Crane. With Heather McCorkle, Tee co-founded the #WritersRoad chat on Twitter.  In addition, she is working on several creative projects, including her second novel and various short stories. Her flash fiction, "Street Noises," was included in the Pill Hill Press anthology "Daily Frights 2012: 366 Days of Dark Flash Fiction (Leap Year Edition)" and her short "Til Hunt Be Done," was included in the Winter Wonders anthology from Compass Press.  A diehard New Orleans Saints fan, Tee lives with her family in Southeast Louisiana.

3 thoughts on “Book Endings We’d Like to Change

  1. I think that for me, it would be The Time Traveler's Wife. In case someone hasn't read it, I won't say what I would change…but I suspect most who've read it know what I would change.

  2. I would change that one too, aliceisforever.
    And I totally agree with "IT". I was GLUED to that book (except that night a friend decided to raise a balloon right outside my bedroom window) and when I came to the end, I was poised for something equally dramatic and spellbinding and I got — a spider???? Pah-lu-heeze.

  3. On Friday Night Knitting Club–It was a total letdown when the protagonist kicked the bucket. Didn't even bother to read the others in the series.

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