By admin On Apr 12 2010, 1:00 pm
Let’s talk about endings. Endings…some dribble off to nothingness, some are saccharin sweet and make me stop reading, others are ambiguous and confusing and I’m left wondering. When that happens I have to weave a fanciful ending in my head and have the ending I need.
I’m like most readers. I like an ending that is satisfying like a nice cup of coffee after a good meal. I want to know what the characters are doing in the future. But endings should be well thought out and complete, not rushed. I’m still mad at the ending for the last Harry Potter – can anyone say written in a hurry? I, as a reader, felt cheated.
In the case of romance books, I like to be hit over the head with a happy ending. I like knowing the characters will be together longer than the next month. Epilogues are an effective way of giving the reader a glimpse into that future.
Some of my favorite endings are:
A Room with A View by E. M. Forster – boy meets girl in Florence, they have troubles when returning to stuffy England, but boy eventually gets girl and they live happily ever after in Florence.
It by Stephen King – childhood friends vs. evil clown-demon-spider thing. The movie was actually pretty good too, which is rare in my opinion on books moving to the big screen.
Regina in the Sun by R. G. Alexander – okay I know this is one of my authors, but I love the ending. It ties everything woven throughout the story together.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie – can’t say anything, it would give it all away. But if you like mysteries, this is a good one.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – a very thought provoking ending. I have been afraid to read others in the series because I don’t think anything can trump this one.
So as an editor, I’d love to hear your feelings about endings. Do you like epilogues or do you like to leave the future to your imagination? What are some stories with memorable endings (non-romance endings are fine)?