I've just finished a book called "My Heart & Other Black Holes", by Jasmine Warga. It was a great story (if you ignored the bad editing: poor sentence structure, sunlight glinting off shiny objects when it was well after 5pm in winter, that sort of thing), right up until 9 days left. I was left bitterly disappointed with the ending, and with the book in general. Why? Because of bad writing.
This author clearly didn't understand (and certainly wasn't told by editor or early readers) that you don't write the story, the story writes itself through you. She by-passed all the work she'd done before for the ending she wanted, making at least one character completely defunct, and accidentally making her narrator unreliable. It could have ended happily ever after, just in a different, more realistic, and much less condescending way.
I want to start a discussion about books that were forced by an author to go the way they wanted it, with not-so-great results. Or maybe you disagree, and think that the author writes the story. Or perhaps you're somewhere in-between.
Share with the group. What do you think?