J. R. Ward addresses the ending of Lover Unbound in the BDB Boards. (You need to register if you haven’t already.) She’s also written a Slice of Life that’s supposed to show how the characters have ended up.
I don’t know. Whenever authors have to add extra info to reassure fans, I tend to think it shows that the book has problems (think Taming of the Duke). I mean, I’m glad she’s going to clear things up, but I’m disappointed that it wasn’t addressed and closed off in the book. After all, when I read a book, I expect to get all the info I need from that book (or series of books), not search online for a proper resolution. (Look, I did like Lover Unbound. It just didn’t meet the very high expectations I had.)
I’m also disliking her method of plotting more and more. I get that she has to follow her muse and write the story as her imagination shows it to her, but I guess I’m thinking, You know what? If she thought she couldn’t give V a proper HEA then she shouldn’t have written a book about him. She should have just kept him as a secondary character in the other books. Her imagination saved the day by showing her an HEA(ish) ending, but I don’t think she asked enough questions about how it all works, nor did she lay the groundwork to make it work for me as a reader.
I noticed that the spoiler room for Lover Unbound on the Boards is open. It’s interesting to see that it’s not all love and hugs anymore in the spoiler room. The negative reactions are still in the minority (which is understandable), but at least they have a voice now–and some of them from long-time Cellies. I think that’s a good thing, though, because it opens up more points for discussion, and I hope that, ultimately, it will challenge J. R. Ward to write a better book next time.
Note: This post was originally published on October 1, 2007.