14 Lines that Would’ve Ended These Books Early

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Have you ever wondered what might happen to a beloved book if a certain character said or did something very early on in the story that irrevocably altered the entire course of events? Here are a few seemingly innocuous phrases that would have brought some of our favorite novels to an abrupt (and untimely) end:

Divergent, by Veronica Roth
“Guess what everyone, I just found out I’m Divergent!”

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
“Tough break, Prim. Good luck at the Games.”

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
“The doctors believe you’re faking your illness, Mr. McMurphy. It’s back to Pendleton for you.”

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
“Buzz off, kid. This friendship has become entirely one-sided.”

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis
“I’m having that old wardrobe picked up on Monday, kids. It really clashes with the rest of the furniture.”

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
“Welcome to Thornfield Hall, Miss Eyre. Please disregard any strange noises you may hear in the attic—that’s just my mad wife. Long story.”

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
“Hedeby Island is a little far, Mr. Frode, and I don’t much feel like leaving Stockholm. But thanks anyway.”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
“Sorry son. This particular golden ticket just says it’s good for a free T-shirt.”

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
“Welcome to Forks, Bella. Your mother and I have decided to have you homeschooled.”

Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White
“‘Where’s Papa going with that bottle?’ ‘Oh, he’s just spraying for pests, Fern. Don’t worry about it.'”

Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
“Thanks for the offer, but I don’t need a seat. I’ll just stand.”

A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin
“I wish I could come to the capital and be your Hand, Robert, but I’ve just got too much on my plate right now. Really appreciate the gesture, though. No hard feelings.”

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
“I’m pretty sure I won’t like these, Sam-I-Am, but I guess I’ve been wrong before. Pass that fork over.”

The Shining, by Stephen King
“I’d love to offer you a job at the Overlook Hotel, Mr. Torrance, but unfortunately none of your references have called back. I’m sorry.”

What line would end your favorite book early?

  • Amy

    “Sorry, Hagrid. I love my life with the Dursleys and I’m staying right here.” – Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone

  • http://www.goodreads.com/joeleoj Joel Cunningham

    “Let’s just stay home, Mercutio. I don’t want to go hang out with a bunch of Capulets tonight anyway.”

  • Nancy Maki Elliott

    No, I don’t really have the time to take on another case right now, especially not Tom Robinson. Too much trouble!
    To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Tom Moone

    Sorry, Toto, you’re on your own. There’s a cyclone coming, and I’m heading for the cellar.

  • cdashnaw

    “I’m sorry, Miss Bart. I don’t have time for tea with you today.”

  • sarrible

    “I’m tired. I’ll let the servants buy the flowers. That’s why I have servants.” —Clarissa Dalloway

  • saracvt

    “Ah, let ‘im go. The ship is nearly full, anyhow.”–Captain Ahab

    “Anastasia, you said your name was? Pretty–but I’m already seeing someone.”–Christian Grey

    “Who CARES about the bridges of Madison County?!?”–Robert Kincaid

  • Michael Watkins

    Smith! 6079 Smith, W! Put down that diary! You’re nicked!

  • Barbara

    “Sorry Cath, but Levi is off-limits” -Reagon from Fangirl