Rewriting Fiction: Twenty Moments We Wish We Could Change

REWRITING FICTION

#20 Miss Congeniality 2

Photo: Warner Bros
Photo: Warner Bros

We honestly wish this entire movie could be wiped from history…the guy breaks up with her over the phone after they ended up together in the first movie! We can’t side with that.

#19 The X-Files: “Jump the Shark”

Photo: FOX
Photo: FOX

The X-Files. Season 9, episode 15. “Jump the Shark.” Why did they have to kill off The Lone Gunman in a ridiculously silly episode? With a light-hearted tone, suddenly at the end, they are killed off with no real emotional punch. After 9 seasons, didn’t they deserve better? So we ask, what if they had lived, or even died in a more epic way?

#18 Jurassic Park III

Photo: Universal Pictures
Photo: Universal Pictures

Why are Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler from the first movie not together? Wasn’t the whole point of the first film that Dr. Grant learn to like children so they could have a kid together eventually? It kind of undermined the whole characterization presented to see Dr. Sattler married to someone else with a family.

#17 Lord of the Rings – Eowyn and Aragorn

Photo: New Line
Photo: New Line

We wish we could change it so Eowyn ended up with Aragorn in both the book and the film.

#16 Smallville: “Doomsday”

Photo: CW
Photo: CW

Season 8 Finale of Smallville: Doomsday. Everything about the ending was doomed. Why did Davis suddenly turn into a psycho in the end, when everything presented previously didn’t support that? Why did Chloe choose Jimmy? Why was Jimmy not the real Jimmy Olsen? And why did Clark  literally vanish into thin air? And why purposely present a Beauty and the Beast story (between Chloe and Davis) only to say in the end she only “thought she loved” the Beast? AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!

#15 Once Upon a Time – Sheriff Graham

Sheriff Graham and Emma
Photo: ABC/SERGEI BACHLAKOV

When they killed off Sheriff Graham….

#14 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Fred

Photo: Warner Bros
Photo: Warner Bros

We wish we could bring Fred back!

#13 Titanic

Photo: Paramount Pictures
Photo: Paramount Pictures

They could have taken turns on the raft.

#12 Daniel Deronda

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Daniel and Gwendolen in Daniel Deronda
Photo: BBC

We would have had Daniel choose Gwendolen over the bore Mirah in both the book and film adaptation. Besides, was Gwendolen really as selfish and shallow as she seems at first glance? Or is she actually more of a victim who’s always been abused by men? Based on the textual evidence, we argue the latter…but that’s a post for another day.

#11 Robin Hood – Marian

Photo: BBC
Photo: BBC

Who thought killing off Maid Marian was a good idea?

#10 Felicity’s Choice in Felicity

Photo: WB
Photo: WB

The moment at the end of season 1 when Felicity has to choose whether to go with Ben or Noel…which choice would you have her make? All three of us chose Noel!

#9 My Best Friend’s Wedding

Photo: TriStar Pictures
Photo: TriStar Pictures

We wish we could rewrite the ending so that Julianne ends up with Michael.

#8 The Black Magician Trilogy

The Black Magician Trilogy

She built up this beautiful romance only to kill off the hero at the very end for no good reason! Aarg…that drives us nuts!

#7 My Girl

Photo: Columbia Pictures
Photo: Columbia Pictures

If only Thomas J could have lived!

#6 Downton Abbey – Sybil and Matthew

Tom Branson in Downton Abbey. Photo: Carnival Films/ITV
Photo: Carnival Films/ITV

Wouldn’t it be great if Sybil and Matthew hadn’t died?

#5 Southern Vampire Mystery Series

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This is possibly the worst ending of a book series ever. Did anyone want Sookie to end up with Sam? And what happened to Eric…criminal.

#4 Lost – Sawyer and Kate

Photo: ABC
Photo: ABC

We may be in the minority on this one, but Kate should have ended up with Sawyer over Jack. And Juliet and Sawyer should have never happened in the first place!

#3 Pirates of the Caribbean – Captain Jack and Elizabeth

Photo: Disney
Photo: Disney

Oh, if only Elizabeth could have ended up with the dashing Captain Jack Sparrow.

#2 Doctor Who – The Doctor and Rose

Photo: BBC
Photo: BBC

Should the doctor have confessed his love and taken Rose with him rather than leave her with the human version of himself?

#1 Little Women – Jo and Laurie

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Photo: Columbia

It’s a crime that Jo ended up with the Professor and not Laurie. She would have even worked single. But with the Professor? On re-reads, it’s difficult to make it past the scene when Jo turns down Laurie.

What moments in fiction do you wish you could rewrite? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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By on October 24th, 2013

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4 thoughts on “Rewriting Fiction: Twenty Moments We Wish We Could Change”

  1. The whole Meta-Crisis/Doctor/Rose thing makes me really sad. I like the idea of her having her own “human doctor”, but… the doctor is still out there! Without Rose! Gaaahhhhhh! But at least she has a Doctor that will age with her. So that part makes me happy. 🙂

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    • It’s very bittersweet. It’s like she is with the Doctor, but yeah, there’s this part of him out there that’s alone. It’s such a mix of emotions. Personally, I actually think Rose’s ending with the Doctor was beautifully written, even if again, it is bittersweet.

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