For those not in the know, both Farid and Doria are charaters inthe Inkheart series. Farid has been with Meggie since he was read out of Arabian Nights, and at the very end of the series, Meggie ends up falling in love with Doria, and leaves poor Farid. (M.)
My friend, Grace, and I were talking about the whole “Meggie choosing Doria over Farid” thing that goes on at the end of the series: were you happy or disappointed ? We decided we were definitely disappointed. Even though Farid hasn’t been the nicest character, he does have redeeming qualities: firstly, he was dragged out of his world, into the real world- then he went back into the inkworld, but the one of Inkheart. His hero, Dustfinger, dies in his place- of course the guy’s going to be slightly messed up!
I really liked Doria, and at the end of Inkheart, I thought she made the right decision, but when I read back over it, I was unhappy for Farid. Through the whole series, he and e relationship has been building up- then suddenly, she prefers Doria. I think what would have been good would be if Meggie and Doria had been briefly in love, but then Farid returns, and Meggie falls back in love with him, then Doria finds another person, who he likes even more than Meggie… like what happened between Bella, Edward and Jacob in the Twilight Saga.
Like I said, at the time, I was happy with Meggie’s decision, but when I reread the other books, I was disappointed that all the building up between Meggie and Farid came to nothing. The main reason was because I really like Farid, and felt sorry for him.
However, still a very good read.
What do you think? Should Farid have been forgiven for his misconduct? Do you think Doria deserves Meggie better? (personally, I like Doria, and thinks he deserves someone, just not Meggie. I feel the whole build-up with Farid was put to waste… but perhaps this makes the book more surprising or something.)
Let us know what you think by posting your comments on this discussion!
P.S. Here are Farid and Doria’s profiles, from Wikipedia, along with a description of Meggie.
Farid – A teenaged boy who was read out of Arabian Nights by Mo in Inkheart, he has become Dustfinger’s devoted apprentice, and by the end of Inkspell, was nearly as proficient as his teacher. At the end of Inkspell Basta drove his knife into Farid’s back, thus killing him. He came back to life when Dustfinger traded his life for the boy who was like a son to him. Farid came to fall head over heels in love with Meggie during the events of Inkspell and is jealous of her love ( that seems stronger ) to Doria in Inkdeath. At the beginning of Inkdeath, he is serving Orpheus, in the hopes that the reader will find some way to return Dustfinger from death. Although not technically from the Inkworld or the Real World his first appearance is in the Real World where he did intend on staying before he followed Dustfinger back to the Inkworld. (actually, he is from the Inkworld- Just not Inkheart. He was plucked out of !00! Arabian Nights, remember? M.)
Doria– a 15-year-old spy for the Black Prince in Inkdeath who joined the robbers after they saved him and a friend from hanging. Fenoglio wrote a book about Doria’s future that was never published, in which it seems he marries a beautiful young woman from another world. Brother to the Strong Man. He falls deeply in love with Meggie and soon finds out that she returns those intimate feelings, (causing Farid jealousy), and always wants her to tell him about her world, whose inventions he hopes to imitate. (Sweet Kid,M.)
Meggie Folchart-– The 13-year-old book-loving protagonist. Not only she is able to read characters into the “real world,” Meggie can also bring in characters as well. She slowly begins to fall in love with Farid and in Inkspell it turns into a relationship. But in Inkdeath another boy named Doria begins to fall for Meggie and she soon falls in love with him as well. When Farid ignores Meggie in search of Dustfinger he breaks her heart and Doria was there to sew it up again. So in the end she chooses Doria over Farid. (I think this is a good description of what happens… but I still feel sorry for Farid! M.)
After reading and editing this again, I decided that if Meggi had left Doria to go back to Farid, I would probably be disappointed also. Perhaps a good conclusion to this drama would be if Farid had found someone else, instead of Doria finding another, and Meggi being back with Farid?
Would this end up making Meggi jealous though- it could mess poor Doria up if she went back to Farid because she was jealous… and would this keep continuing when Doria found someone? This could turn into some phsychotic cycle where she justs keeps bouncing back and forth between the boys, until they eventually refuse her.. then she’d be left all alone!
Sorry, thats probably a bit garbled- exactly why I didn’t put it in the main post. Just some personal feelings about the situation. Hopefully I can get Grace to say what she thinks soon…
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