The ending. It's always the last scene. The last message you get across to your readers. You have to make it count. To make it have a lasting impression with your audience. For some, endings are really hard to write. I actually thing endings are my strong point. I love writing them. Now, the middle of my books? Not so much.
So, I was talking to my sister this weekend about endings in movies that I absolutely hated. Now, this post is sort of spoilery, since I'm going to mention some of the endings, so if you haven't seen one of these movies and don't want it ruined, then look away! lol :)
There are so many different ways to end a book. We all know this. Since I love a good love story, let me go through a few romantic ones with you.
First up? The beautiful love story with the tragic ending.We all know it. Romeo and Juliet. Every time I watch this movie I get so angry. They didn't have to die. They could have prevented it in so many ways. Grrrrrr...
The tragic ending with a little bit of hope. I loved how the main character makes a choice. A choice to live her life instead of giving up. It is sad, but I was okay with it.
The perfect love story with a sad, yet touching ending. Oh, man. Do I even have to say anything about this one? It was heartbreaking, beautiful and had the best ending ever. I bawled my eyes out, but they were happy tears. Loved.
I know there are a lot more, but I just wrote these four down. I'm rushing this post today. :)
Which is your favorite to write? To read? To watch? You all know me and my love of all things Happily Ever After. I'm not a huge fan of tragic. With no hope at all. When everyone dies and the darkness wins. I do like tragic with a little bit of hope, since that is how life is, but I like to read and watch movies to be in a different world. To leave our depressing news stories and natural disasters we hear about all the time. I think that's why I would read a happy book over a sad one. And that's why I write them too.
Don't get me wrong, I do read tragic stories and watch sad movies. I do. And I don't hate them. (Although I will NEVER watch City of Angels again. Don't ask unless you want a huge rant, which I won't do on my blog. ;)
Anyway, the point is, always write your ending how you think it should end. Even if you think a lot of people don't like tragic, there are people out there who hate happy endings. There is someone out there that will love your book, no matter where your ending goes. In other words, don't write according to everyone elses tastes. Write the story you love, with the ending you know it should have. If you're happy with it, that's all that matters.
What is your favorite kind of ending?