I woke up this morning thinking about endings. Not just any endings, but my favorite book endings. I perused my book shelf, looking at the books that have stuck with me over the years, and books that left me handing on, dying for the next one to come out. And as I was looking, I started to wonder why. What happened that made me love these endings?
Before I was a writer, I was an avid reader and my favorite part of a book has always been the ending. As I looked over all my favs, I realized that they all had something in common: HEAs and cliffhangers.
Yes, I’m a sucker for HEAs and love cliffhangers.
Why I love HEAs …
For me, there is nothing more fulfilling than an HEA, especially when I’m reading a series. I love the fluttery heart, and the giggling, and everything that comes with the hero and heroine coming together at the end. They’ve fought. They’ve struggled. They’ve conquered. They deserve happiness. And I want to live that happiness with them. I love being able to grin as I flip that last page, knowing that my fictional friends are moving on … happy.
Why I love chliffhangers …
I know there are many people out there that hate cliffhangers, but I absolutely love them. Not just as an author, but as a reader, too. Why? Well, it’s pretty simple. I read a lot and every book I read takes me further and further from the last one I loved. If it’s part of a series, and the next book isn’t set to release for a year, I need that cliffhanger to keep me invested. I need something big enough to make me remember to buy that next book, and a cliffhanger does exactly that.
What about you? What’s your favorite kind of ending? Are you an HEA person or do you love tragic romance? How about cliffhangers?
Let me know. :)