10 Ways to Make Bookworms Weep

The problem for bookworms is all the accompanying vulnerability.

Like, do people even realize how potentially traumatizing it can be? For reals?

Here we are, plopped down in a favorite library or nook of the house, comfortable, enjoying the ocean of bookish happiness surrounding us.

Yet on the horizon looms a dark cloud of doom and misery. Because bookish people tend to be fragile when it comes to their favorite pastime (aka ALL THE READING).

What’s a poor bookworm to do when the gale of tragedy and sorrow and terror strikes?

Take it on the chin weep from their eyes, hearts, and souls.

10 Bookish Things that Make Bookworms Weep


Oh the pain.

Characters we fall in love with. A plot that takes our breath away (please send oxygen to 4 Privet Drive). A world that captures our imagination.

Then, POOF! It ends, like an abrupt drop off with a thousand-foot cliff face leaving you stranded, wanting more but staring into a void.


These are tears of pity. With a dose of exasperation mixed in.

Seriously, characters. Find a brain. For your sake and the sake of bookish humanity.


Character: “Ooohhh, big dark tunnel. Let’s explore it.”

Readers: How about…NOT?

Character: “I must do everything by myself. Without help. Alone. With secrets.”

Readers: Um, ever heard of teamwork and trust, pal?

Character: Let us charge into mortal danger because invincibility and the plot needs me and the author loves me too much to let me die.

Readers: FOOL OF A TOOK!


Good grief, what’s wrong with the world? We’re allowed to fall in love with a story and then told we can’t have more? That’s like giving a child a teaspoon of sugar and then saying, “Now Johnny, that was the last taste you’ll have until next Christmas.”

Our minds are abuzz with possibility and excitement, and we’re begging to continue. Heck, we’d even pay all the important bookish people lots of money and hugs to continue.

But no.

Because rules (probably written in invisible but soul-binding ink by a group of silver-haired elves many centuries ago).


You know the drill. Sit down to read a book, and BOOM!

  • Suddenly the television is blaring.
  • The house is burning down.
  • Your sibling is dying of hunger even though Elevenses was two seconds ago.
  • All the relational drama in the world is dumped onto your plate to fix.
  • A horde of orcs has attacked the country and it’s time to get out your sword.


A double-edged problem. Kinda like a double-edged sword, but infinitely more painful.

Either A) the book rivets you and you would read it for a week straight, forgetting all else in existence (see above). You never want it to end, so when it comes, it’s too soon.

Or B) It’s like the lyrics from Dynamite…“Cuz it goes on and on and on, and it goes on and on and on.”

Just. No.


Have mercy on a poor bookworm’s eyes (and soul) and let the story END. Endings are good. Endings are part of life. We don’t need three hundred pages of nothing happening because a book needs to look big and plump like a hobbit in order to impress us.

*cough* Eragon series *cough*

Moving on…


Another double-edged problem.

Some endings cause your brain to explode and your heart to melt. It’s shocking and beautiful and moving and thrilling and terrifying and SO PERFECT that your soul sings. And the entire universe seems completely right for a moment, because how could any story hereafter possibly get better and offer deeper satisfaction?

It’s like an ocean of bookish satisfaction and you’re swimming around with glee.



  • All the horrors.
  • Nothing goes right.
  • Nothing makes sense.
  • The entire thing is backwards.
  • It’s like eating a rotten piece of broccoli.


A beautiful bane for any bookworm. Secretly, in the depths of our souls, we crave the anxiety, the quickening pulse as a story thread slams to a halt, leaving us gasping in wonder and dying to know what’s around the next bend.

But we have to wait to find out.

And it’s glorious.

And also nerve-wracking and fear-enducing.

**also known to cause stress-eating and hives**


It kinda worked a few times. Sorta.

But now?

Death to the trope!

Like really? Make up your minds, characters. For Peeta’s sake, pick somebody and stop wiffly-waffling. It’s giving us a headache and an earache and an extreme case of infuriation.


And no, we don’t want to read about a love triangle just because it was in Hunger Games and they sold millions of copies. Love triangle DOES NOT automatically = fame and wealth OR happy readers.


Tremble with immense fear, any who dare undertake such cruelty.

Books are to be valued, treasured, given a special slot on the bookshelf.

Exception to the rule: If a book is particularly horrid (see 5, 6, and 8), permission is granted to hurl it across the room.


Let the Niagara Falls of weeping commence.


Is there anything more poignant, more heart-wrenching? Yet in the same breath, it feels so right. Not because it’s good, but because it sends the story diving to a depth and beauty you didn’t realize it could reach.

The story becomes branded in your mind and written on your soul.

And is there anything better?

Answer = no.

~~~ LET’S TALK ~~~

⇒ Have you experienced any of these?

⇒ What other things make bookworms weep?


10 Ways to Make Bookworms Weep — 12 Comments

  1. I want to write the kind of ending you described in #6. So badly I taste it and it makes me weak.

    I think I must be too soft for 10. I do not ever find it good. I find it perfectly unbearable. Whether it’s Kili in The Hobbit or Stoick in How To Train Your Dragon II. Just really, really sad. I do like resurrection scenes, though.

    • Yes, I think a great ending is the goal of any author. Because that’s one of the most vital parts and can really make or break the entire story.

      I personally think a strong death scene can be remarkably powerful. The first two examples that come to mind (both from LotR…YAY!) are Boromir and Gandalf. Talk about heartrending. Though Gandalf came back so I guess that’s more of a resurrection style.

      Thanks for stopping by! 😀

  2. Ebook only tie in novellas. Because you want the whole series. And you have every book, but now you know your book shelf will never be truly complete.

  3. 3. is so true though, I finished Words of Radiance a while ago and died a little inside.
    And the next one doesn’t come out till November aaaaarghhh!!!!
    Awesome list!

    • IKR?!?! HURRY UP, SANDERSON! I want to say it’s been two years since I read Words of Radiance. So yeah.

      Thanks! 😀


    I recently had to stop reading a book because I just couldn’t stand how ridiculous one of the main characters was being. *shakes head*

    Cliffhangers are evil, basically. And I don’t even want to TALK about characters dying. NO. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT IT. But I see what you mean, it really can add a whole other level of depth to the story. 🙂

    • Haha, I approve of your approval. 😉

      Some characters can be quite the pain in the bookworm side, can’t they? They just don’t know how to behave.

      Perhaps, but it’s a glorious sort of evil. Because it makes you NEED TO KNOW! The ones at the end of books are the worst, though, especially if the next one hasn’t been published yet. *horrors and tears of agony*

      I certainly think character deaths can be overdone, or thrown in just because the author thinks it will add a twist or excitement to the story. But the really good ones do take a book to that next level.

  5. 1 is SO TRUE! Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn comes to mind. WOW. WHY is it a standalone?!?!? Ok, it’s a really really good standalone, but still. I’d read more about those characters/that world any day.

    And all the others, very much, yes.

    Another thing that makes bookwyrms weep… when your favorite book gets made into a truly awful movie… and then someone tells you they “liked the movie better.” And a part of your soul shrivels up and dies.

  6. I’m pretty sure I’ve experienced ALL of these. Sometimes in the same book hahahaha *weeps and dies* Also “fool of a Took” was such perfectness. Basically we bookworms are all Gandalf sometimes, watching little characters make poor life decisions. 😂 Mind you being a bookworm is probably a poor life decision…but will we stop? NEVER.

    • Oooohhh, in the same book? 😮 That’s painful…

      YES! It’s soooo frustrating, good grief. I just want to jump into the story and knock them upside the head.

      Guess it depends on the definition of poor life decision. 😉

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