Party Talk!


Happy Friday! Pour up a delightful beverage and join our little party! This week’s question for our authors… Pick a novel where the protagonist was required to make a difficult choice. What novel was it, and how did you feel about the decision?

John Hartness
In The Belgariad (David Eddings), Polgara gives up her power to save Durnik. I cried.

Diana Pharoah Francis
Anne Frasier’s The Body Reader. Jude makes a decision to keep looking for a girl on her own, though she’s been disgraced as a detective. She then goes off on the search alone. I thought that decision was both in character, and stupid. Stupid because she essentially does the “go alone into the woods” thing with no idea what might be out there. Given her background, I thought she might be more leery. On the other hand, she’s an extremely unusual character and it made sense for her to do it, and to even argue it wasn’t that stupid. Good book, by the way.

Melissa Gilbert
I’m going to pick on David B Coe and choose Ethan Kaille. The dog. I am still mad about that. I understand why Ethan did it, but I still ticked at him.

Tamsin Silver
Being as we were just talking about children’s books, E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, this is 2nd book that came to mind at this question. Charlotte’s choice was heartbreaking, yet necessary, and as you grow up, the ending of this book becomes more profound and amazing.

(Adult book that comes to mind is the last book in the Hunger Games when Katniss has to decide to kill Snow or the leader of the 13th District. I feel she chose wisely, but I know that when I read it I could feel the weight of that choice.)

Edmund Schubert
How The Grinch Stole Christmas. He should have kept the loot.

Gail Martin
I still think Harry should have married Hermione.


1 comment to Party Talk!

  • Razziecat

    In Lois McMaster Bujold’s “The Curse of Chalion,” the MC, Cazaril, is desperate to save the young queen-to-be from a forced marriage to a truly horrible and dangerous man. Unable to get close enough to kill the man, Caz decides to perform a forbidden spell, one which is known to kill the spellcaster as well. Caz has been making a new life for himself after his stint in the army led to years of slavery, and he’s in love with the princess’s closest friend; but he knows if he doesn’t make the sacrifice, the future king will be a liar, a coward, and a murderer. He goes through with it, and succeeds in removing the man (although the spell makes Caz very ill for a while). The love and selflessness he demonstrates, his willingness to give up everything he’s been hoping for in his own life, make him an unforgettable character.