As a bookworm, I LOVE books but endings always seem to mess things up, am I right?
I’m so excited to be introducing my NEW series DREAMS & DISCUSSIONS! I’ve had the category and idea for a long time now, but I actually want to make this something weekly or at least every fortnight. I’ll tinker with things and see how it goes, but for now, let’s grab some hot chocolate, my post and a warm blanket and we’ll get started. I’m going to discuss, then list, and then let you take my quiz, ready?
Today’s topic is how we, as readers, judge whether an ending is good or not. I mean some people hate the typical happily-ever-after and many fangirls over plot twists and cliff-hangers, but I want to know WHAT you think is a good ending to a book.
I mean, everyone has their own opinions.Personally, I like the book to be ended on a final note. Especially if it’s the last book in the series or a standalone, I want to make sure that there are no loose ends, plot flaws or unexplained things. I get why authors leave some things to the imagination but I expect and wish for an explanation of what’s going on. I don’t like being in the dark THE WHOLE TIME – it’s not that fun being a confused potato as you can’t even enjoy the book.
What does define a good ending? How can an author ever know? Do you leave some things unanswered, solve some questions or leave your readers begging for more and be evil? How do you know what your audience will appreciate? Do you do something that will make sense or something that fans will love? Trust your fans or your heart??? THIS IS THE QUESTION OF LIFE.
But the world doesn’t just revolve around me and my opinion- it revolves around LISTS! Not the sentence you were expecting but I don’t want to beat around the bush. Let’s talk about the type of endings you read and why you love them!
1.The Fairytale Finish
And they all live happily-ever-after.
Yeah right. No, but on a serious note, some books DO actually have a fairy-tale finish. And it might be unrealistic and all (I mean, the glass slipper could have fitted the WRONG person) but some authors, decide they must do this. I’m not sure why, because hey, life isn’t perfect and you shouldn’t be teaching young children that, but, maybe it puts a smile on your face? I don’t think this kind of endings matter much because, usually, the story has some sort of hidden meaning or moral which is why they end it happily. I don’t know? ASK CINDERELLA!
2. The Cliff-Hanger
Yeah, you know. SOME BOOKS JUST END ON A CLIFF HANGER.Totally allowed. Like why would you do this to me? I LITERALLY HAVE AN LIFE-CRISIS when the ending just leaves me hanging. WHERE ARE ANSWERS- I DEMAND THEM! But nooo, the author just leaves you there, hanging off a cliff, ready to die. It’s just plain horrible. I don’t know anyone who actually likes these endings because I sure don’t. I mean hasn’t the author been taught Beginnings, Middles and ENDINGS. Not everything is supposed to be resolved but com’ on don’t be cruel. You are left begging, BEGGING, for more.
Uhm, the ending ENDS on a Plot-Twist. It’s a bit like a cliff-hanger but this time you don’t have THAT many questions but you find out the good guy was the bad guy all along. Some books explain some books leave you begging for more.I don’t mind the books ending on a plot-twist because yes, there are questions but you realise the author was hinting it all along and you were so stupid for NOT realising. Plot twists quite refreshing – if they’re done well. I mean it’s not a Plot-Twist if you saw it coming. Plot-twists have to smack you in the face and you have to faint because SURPRISE!
4.The Stabbing Sobbing ‘Ending’
Basically, everyone dies. Yup, the main character, the main character’s friend, the whole city, the villains, the accomplices. It seems the only one still alive is you but probably not for much longer since you are sobbing and your heart is being ripped out. And you can’t survive without a heart. Not like you had one anyway but if you did…
And maybe not EVERYONE is dead but there are still tragic deaths. And there is still a weeping you. But the ending is the ending and they are dead. They can’t come back to life. Unless they are GHOSTS – yes, I may have an obsession!
5. The Satisfying Stop
It’s ACTUALLY a good ending. Not everything works out perfectly, you’re satisfied with where everything ended up, and it was beautifully written. You’re glad they didn’t carry on because it probably just wouldn’t work out. Sometimes, it NEEDS to stop, in risk of your beautiful bookish memories being destroyed. I’ve yet to come across a PERFECT ending but I have been a pretty happy bean at some endings are just pretty good. Authors need to write more of these, maybe?
This part was heavily inspired by Cait @ Paper Fury but I LOVED the idea of bookish personality quizzes, I decided to make one myself.
Tell me what ENDING you like! What did you get in my quiz? Was it accurate (ahem, probably not…) I’m so sorry if my quiz-making skills are shabby. What do YOU think defines a good ending? DO you write a different type of ending to what you actually like as a reader?DREAM & DISCUSS with me!