Something that’s been on my mind lately when it comes to books is the ending. Whenever I start a new novel the first thought that pops into my head is: “How will this book end?” For me, what makes or breaks a book is the ending. If ends horribly, I’ll end up not enjoying it but if it ends really well, I’ll end up loving it so much. However, recently I’ve noticed that so many people prefer a happy ending and many others prefer that heart-wrenching, “feels” provoking ending. Each book ends so differently and at times, I’ll prefer an ending over another but I never can predict which one I prefer better. Each ending has their own satisfaction and happiness that I can never guess whether I prefer a happy one or an eventful one. *Also, just to let you know there may be a few subtle spoilers but don’t worry their only spoilers to really popular books, which most of you have probably read!
so what do you like: a happily ever after or a miserably never after?
A happily ever after for me is one where not many of the main protagonists die and every character has resolved all the main issues. This ending usually belongs under the contemporary section.
Most contemporaries end with your fairytale ending, both the main characters fall in love with each other, after multiple events and they both live happily ever after. There is just something so satisfying when you close one of these contemporaries and you get this fluttery feeling in your chest that makes you want to explode in cuteness. One of the main reasons why I love happy endings is because of the cuteness it drowns you in and the happiness that you get surrounded in. You don’t have to worry about main characters dying (*cough* Allegiant *cough*) or you don’t have to worry about drowning in tears and feels. All in all, a happily ever after usually makes me super happy, despite it’s cheesiness and at times can make me feel bad because I’ll never have a perfect life or love story as those in contemporary novels! (Anna and St Clair. are #goals!! I will never find someone like St Clair.) However, sometimes a happy ending can mean one thing: cliché. One of my reading pet peeves is a really cliché ending. I’ve read enough happy endings to the point where if it’s pretty much your typical contemporary with an insta-love, a stereotypical main character and a super cheesy ending, I’ll end up having mixed feelings about the novel. Sometimes, I don’t really know what I can label as cheesy as most contemporary novels are cheesy but there are a few endings where I’ll be unphased because the ending was just too typical. I like happy endings that stick with me forever and happy endings that make me feel that bubble of happiness and excitement.
On the other hand, miserable and heart-wrenching endings are something that makes me really excited. It may sound like an oxymoron but I love books that break my heart into shattered pieces of glass, books that make me cry rivers of tears and books that make get hit right in the feels!
Yep! This is pretty much me^^^
I saw this post recently on Paper Fury about why we enjoy painful endings and after reading her post and reflecting on it: I literally had this revelation! What she said was so true. One of the things she mentioned was the fact that everyone loves feeling all the feels, whether you are the least likely to read tragic endings or the most likely. Feeling all the feels and all the heart-wrenching emotions is something we all enjoy. For me, it feels like magic. How can a book filled with only the 26 letters of the alphabet make you feel so much? Every book that has hit me square in the chest is like magic and it’s one of the many reasons why I love reading. The fact that the novel is so thought provoking yet so enjoyable just makes me want to fangirl all day. Let’s take The Infernal Devices for example, it was a rollercoaster of feels, excitement, fangirling and sadness, yet, it still stands as my favorite series of all time. Any novel that is a rollercoaster of emotions just gets me so excited and because it has impacted me so much it will always stay with me. Not only that but like Paper Fury has mentioned it give you the excuse to talk and chat with all these other people about the pain the book or series has given you.
However, sad endings and miserable endings are not always the best and sometimes, you finish a book and you just go: “What kind of ending was that?” Every once in a while, I’ll read this heart-breaking novel and it’s just so obvious that the author put in a tragic ending for the sake of a thought-provoking novel.
You can get sick of sad endings too, many novels usually end in a somewhat sad ending and you just get sick and tired of it. Killing off main characters is one of my pet peeves, to all authors: DO NOT kill off the main characters if it is unnecessary. Allegiant for example, killed off the main character for no reason what so ever and for me, it didn’t feel like she was trying to be selfless, it felt like it was trying to ruin a perfectly good novel. All The Bright Places, on the other hand, had this tragic ending that was cunning and well-thought out, it didn’t feel abrupt and it didn’t really feel like it was placed in the book for the sake of having a sad ending.
Sometimes it’s all about the balance my favourite kinds of endings are the ones where they can both be sad yet hopeful and happy at the same time. Complex endings are my favourite because you get the best of both worlds. Both the Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments provide perfect examples of these kinds of ending because they both end on a sad note yet they both end happily. These are my favourite kinds of endings.
i would love to hear from you guys! what do you prefer: a happy ending, a tragic ending or an ending that gives you the best of both worlds?
Sorry, for not posting much this week! I’ve had quite a few exams which I have conquered and slayed (If I can say so myself)! Don’t worry the holidays are approaching (Thank god!) and I’ll have lots more blog posts up soon!