Liked your response.
A few years back I read Misery by Stephen King.
Throughout the book I kept saying to myself. Stephen please stop hurting Paul – haven’t you done enough to him already – without doing even more dreadful things.
And then towards the end of the book King talks about bad things happening to characters in story settings and kind of smooths it over.
I needed to hear that so I could actually finish reading the novel to the end.