The last lines of a novel are often the most powerful. After you have read several hundred pages, fought off dragons and Dark Lords, witnessed deaths and breakups and excitement and tragedy, the last few words of a story are often what stay with you. I started this feature to highlight some of my favourite last lines and to share them with you, my fellow readers and lovers of words. All of the ones that I am going to feature have impacted me in some way, whether they simply caused me to burst into tears, or they hold a much deeper meaning. I promise there will be no plot-related spoilers! I hope you all enjoy this new feature of mine, and that you’ll take the time to share some of your Famous Last Words with me.
Every generation needs to remember that – and to remember that it’s up to us to make sacrifices of our own for the ones who will come next. – Lies We Tell Ourselves
If you want to get all technical on me then no, these aren’t the last words of the actual story. Instead, they’re the author’s last words just before the acknowledgements section where she talks about the historical accuracy of the story. I didn’t cry while reading the actual book, but this part broke me completely.
In fact, I actually think everything is going to be all right. Finally. – The Hero of Ages
AFTER EVERYTHING THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH *weeps* Goodbye, you incredible masterpiece of a trilogy. Goodbye.
I think I’ve earned that. – Gone Girl
You’ve earned a hell of a lot more than that, Amy. I like this one because of the constant power play that Nick and Amy go through, and after everything that happened in this novel, Amy gets the last word. She’s still competing, and it’s so very Amy. Hell yeah, you’ve earned it.