Monday, 5 January 2009
Sunday Salon – Happily Ever After
Due to certain comments by Diana on her blog I’m not sure the book will have a “traditional” happy ending. It got me thinking about how much a happy ending (in the sense of the heroine wandering off into the sunset with the man of her dreams) matters to me in a book.
While I am a sucker for “and they lived happily ever after” endings, most of my favourite books don’t have them – The Pursuit of Love, His Dark Materials, The vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, The disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Hideous Kinky, The Book Thief, Looking for Alaska, The Secret History.
I’d rather have an ending that is fitting for characters I’ve come to love than a forced “happy” ending. Of course if it fits that the heroine and hero end up together then I’m all for it, such as with, Pride and Prejudice, The truth about forever, The outlander books. If books end on a fairy tale note that feels forced and ridiculous (like the end to a certain saga that was published this year) then it completely ruins it for me.
So I like a happy ending but not at any cost, how about you?