Girls Write Out
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The end of a novel needs to be satisfactory to the reader.  Most readers love a happy ending, but there are those endings that feel "right" even when they aren't textbook "happy" in terms of their content.  I think my favorite ending that isn't happy is that in "The Thorn Birds" because it's right.  It's about a love that lasts a lifetime and the book spans a lifetime in its study of generations of families.

I do remember not feeling completely happy at the end of "The Count of Monte Cristo" when Dantes doesn't go after his first love Mercedes (because his character has grown and he's a better person!)  Totally shallow of me, but I wanted to see him get his love back -- even though she's too shallow for him and she's regressed I suppose.

What book, even one that you loved, did you want to fix the ending of?

posted at 4:33 PM  
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At 5:30 PM, Blogger Brittaney said...

Little Women! I just cannot stand that Jo and Laurie did not end up together. Laurie and Amy? Seriously?? And Jo and the old stodgy professor? It just doesn't feel right.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I can't tell anyone which book I disliked for its ending, because I really like the writer, but I will say that I learned about how not to write a series novel based on my disappointment with this novel. I hate cliffhangers. And then I was accused of writing cliffhangers, myself.

At 9:29 PM, Blogger jel said...

Message in a bottle!

I read it a long time ago.

and can't say I remember all of the story, but do remember how it made me feel at the time.(very sad)

At 11:13 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh I hear you Brittaney, so disappointing!! Hannah, understand completely from both sides. I haven't seen or read Message in a Bottle, but I don't read him because someone always has to die. LOL

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Tonya said...

This isn't a book but the movie "the breakup" was just??

I'm going through this thing where I keep contemplating can you have a happy, satisfying ending without it being romantic and the guy & the girl getting together. It's begun to bother me because life doesn't wrap up in perfect packages and although we read to escape sometimes ppl then expect life to work out that way creating unrealistic expectations and hurt. There's a pin on Pinterest (oh Denise just posted her love of Pinterest) that says :
" and maybe a happy ending doesn't include a guy, maybe it's you, on your own, picking up the pieces and starting over, freeing yourself up for something better in the future. Maybe the happy ending is just moving on."

And maybe that's why I question whether or not I should pursue writing bc I might not always have the girl end up with the guy.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Peggy said...

Gone With the Wind! Although the ending was "right" I, and probably everyone who has read it, wanted Scarlett and Rhett to have an HEA. Who knew what Margaret Mitchell intended to happen after THE END.

BTW, did anyone read the so-called sequel SCRLETT? Do you agree it was an abysmal failure?

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I read it. I had a hard time with picturing Rhett as from money in Charleston, though I know that was what the original book claimed. He didn't seem high society, more like a guy who made his money illegally (as we also heard.) I thought the book was a failure, but I also thought, M. Mitchell ENDED her book and no one had a right to mess with it. I thought Rhett was done with her.

I think you can have endings without the romance. I LOVE Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and obviously someone else does too, or it wouldn't be aound. It's always easier to end it romantically. My current book may not end romantically, but my heroine has been married before so Christian-wise that's "right" Realistically, I have to make sure it works.

At 9:41 PM, Blogger Peggy said...

Oh, I loved "Tess," too, Kristin. Yes, I agree the ending to GWTW was absolutely right. Scarlett had yanked Rhett around once too many times.

Fun discussion :)


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