Saturday, July 25, 2009

Does it Come with a Happy Ending?

I really dislike cliffhangers. I don't like them in movies and I definitely dislike them in books. It's rather infuriating to be completely absorbed in a storyline and then come to a full stop with no closure and then not knowing what comes next until a year or so later.

I suppose that sort of passionate reaction is key. It's rather hard to feel an emotion that strong about something you don't care about so job well done. But isn't it better to leave them wanting more but offer some sort of closure at the same time?

I mean most beloved classics (at least not any that I can think of) don't end in cliffhangers, even ones with follow ups. They usually are wrapped up neatly at the end. And, while a happy ending isn't always a necessary to make for a good book, at least those that end neatly, with no holes in the story, make for a content reader.

Do you agree? Do you find value in cliffhangers?

1 comment:

  1. i only find value in them if there's a sequel...that's a great moneymaker right there.

    otherwise, if i read a really awesome book and there's a cliffhanger, it makes me either a)bitter or b)glad to have read the book regardless of ending.

    usually it's "a". what book had the cliffhanger?

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