Reading the next book club book, I stumbled on a very interesting narrative conundrum. In the book, a woman is offered a choice between her husband and her child, and for the past x number of pages it’s all been set up that she’ll chose the child. But she doesn’t.
There’s no narrative reason that she can’t choose the child. Sure her husband might be hung, but she doesn’t know that when she makes the choice. We do though. And this is why the book only has one way to go, because the hubby’s the protag and the ‘hero’, so it would be a totally different kind of book if the author killed him.
Normally weak decision making like that makes me mad as a reader, but in this case I didn’t mind it so much. I think because my brain knew this was how the book had to end if it was to stay a ‘nice’ book.
I’m looking forward to hearing how the other book clubbers felt about it.