***WARNING: There are spoilers for books in this post that are part of the subject! If you have not read The Uglies Series or The Twilight series and DO NOT want spoilers do not read! You have been warned!***
Happy Ever After.
It’s the words we like to see or at least feel at the end of a book… right? I feel like this topic is a very big debate among readers. Will you read a book if you feel there is no happy ending? Do you need to know your book has a happy ending before you read it? Do you enjoy a not-so-happy ending? How about bittersweet endings?
When I was younger I hated when a book or series I read didn’t have a really happy ending. I felt cheated! Why shouldn’t there be a happy ever after for he or her? Why did it have to end on that note and not a happier one? I would think “I read this book and there is not happy ending to make me smile while I read the last pages?!” It’s something, I discovered over time and reading many books, that always having a happy ending to a book isn’t always best.
An example of this would be from the Uglies series. At the end of Specials we have one of our main characters die and then Tally ends up going back to the Rusties and running off with David. I don’t think people understand how incredible frustrated I was with this ending when I first read it! I was on total hate mode and I just wanted to not have read the ending – at all. But, after a lot of thinking, I realized that I could think of no other way it could have ended that could have had the same emotional impact it had on me with it’s real ending. I realized “Wow, maybe having a bittersweet kind of ending is what’s best for a series.”
Then there is the issue, which I never thought would come up, but the issue that I didn’t like the Happy ending to a book. There are very few books out there that made me mad because of the happiness of the ending, but they are out there.
An example to this, and I’m positive I’m not the only one to feel this way, is the ending to the book series Twilight: Breaking Dawn. There was no major casualties when an epic battle was about to take place between two of the strongest groups of vampires. They all went home and said good night to each other and The End. It was too happy of an ending for me. I wanted to feel the pain of losing one of the characters I had grown to love and I wanted to felt the sorrow felt through the other characters. But instead I got a neutral feel of “Oh, well everything is fine now.” That’s NOT how I want to feel at the end of a series I loved!
So in the end, I enjoy a good, well deserved happy ending sometimes, but other times I wouldn’t mind myself an awesome bittersweet ending that leaves me anger and sad, but has me reacting strongly to the writing. Though I have yet to come across a complete and total non-happy ending… unless you count Romeo and Juliet… but that discussion is for another time.
So, how do you feel about the endings of books/ series? Do you want/need a happy ending? Do you sometimes enjoy a bittersweet one? Let me know!