Plus a #OnceUponATime giveaway!
Have you ever finished a television show, movie, book, or worse yet an entire series, only to find you’ve been jipped? You spend hours upon hours investing in these characters, only to find they were dead all along (cough, cough, SPOILER ALERT, cough, cough Lost).
This irks me to no end. Why? Because I deserve a good ending. I’m not saying it has to be all Prince Charmings and true love’s kisses, but at least give me something worth my time. A perfect example is Shakespeare In Love. Bittersweet ending, but I was still totally fine with the outcome because it made sense.
Note: It needs to make sense!
I’ve been thinking a lot about endings. Good endings. Bad endings. Endings so ugly I literally want to regurgitate them from my brain. Maybe its because I just finished revising my first novel, or maybe its because I just finished reading the best series ever (hold on, I’ll get to that), but I’ve got endings on the brain so all of you lucky peeps get to read about them.
Okay, pause. I know you are dying to dance around whatever room you’re in right now because you are so excited to keep reading. Don’t worry. I’ll wait.
Sixty seconds later…
Are you done? Good. So, about those endings. I’ve coined a new phrase. It’s going to be all the rage. Seriously! Brad Pitt is going to quote this in his next movie. (Well, maybe I shouldn’t go THAT far, but hey, it could happen.) Drumroll please…
Don’t Cry Alien!
I’m begging you from the bottom of my story-loving heart to please not do this. Think your ending through. Take your time so you don’t write yourself into a corner. And please, PLEASE, don’t set up this super great mystery as to who the villain really is only to reveal it was aliens from outer space all along. (Thus the term, don’t cry alien).
I have absolutely no problem with science fiction. Love the new Star Trek movies and The Host by Stephanie Meyer is one of my all time favorite books. The difference is, when I read or watch those I already KNOW aliens are involved. The world is set up and established. Aliens are a part of those worlds, which makes everything they do completely believable. What I don’t appreciate is movies like Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull where it seems like the writers just couldn’t think of something better. They had me asking, “What’s going on? What’s going to happen? Who is responsible for this?” And then they were just like SPOILER ALERT ,”Ha ha! Got ya! It was aliens all along!” as if they get their jollies from sending me storming from the theater in an unsatisfied huff!
Now good endings. Thoughtful and unexpected, but totally believable endings are what I crave. If you haven’t read the Shatter Me series or The Selection series or you aren’t caught up on my favorite TV show Once Upon a Time, skip to the end of this post now so you can enter the giveaway. Here come the SPOILERS!
Are they gone? Great.
I finished Shatter Me, Unravel Me, and Ignite Me within three days. It’s been years since I did that with a series. I’m a mom. I’m writing my own series. Suffice it to say, I don’t have a lot of time to read read read into the wee hours of the morning.
And then came Shatter Me. Two words: Aaron Warner.
Aaron Warner is one of the most dynamic male characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. He starts off as this totally crazy psychopath (or so you think) only to turn into…I don’t even have a word for him…I love him. The end.
Tahereh Mafi writes this series in such a way that you will read it again (like I’m doing right now only a week after finishing it), because the first two books become totally new reads after you’ve finished the third. There is also a set of novellas (Destroy Me and Fracture Me), but I recommend waiting to read them until you’ve finished the full novels. It’s more fun that way, plus the novellas give stuff away.
So the ending, cuz hey, that’s the topic of the day right? Ignite Me (book 3) ended exactly as I hoped it would, but still managed to totally surprise me anyway. I was smiling from ear to ear I was so happy with the outcome and what happens to these characters. I was like, “Finally! A point for team underdog.” Call me totally insane, but SPOILER ALERT Warner winning in this series felt like Jacob winning in the Twilight series. Yes, I’m team Jacob. Always will be. Deal with it.
Speaking of team underdog, how about that Killian Hook? How was that for a “hook” (haha, pardon the pun) at the end of the last season of Once Upon a Time? I was rooting for him all long. When he SPOILER ALERT and Emma kissed, and I mean really kissed, I was like “YES! Now that’s a good ending!”
Finally, I can’t talk about awesome endings without mentioning Kiera Cass’s The Selection. Now there’s a series that kept me on my toes. I knew who I wanted America to choose, but didn’t know until the very end who she would end up with.
The best thing about this series (and Shatter Me and Once Upon a Time, for that matter) is that the relationships are the opposite of Insta-love. America and Maxon are friends FIRST, then they SPOILER ALERT fall in love. The One (book 3) had me in tears at the end (in a good way), which is why I’m so excited Kiera Cass is continuing this series with 2 more novellas and 2 more full length novels. Yay, Kiera!
So what have we learned, guys? If you’re writing a book, don’t cry alien. The ending can be bittersweet, sad even, but it must make sense and not look like you just couldn’t come up with something better. Because you know what? You CAN come up with something better than aliens invading the world you’ve created and everyone dies and wasn’t that oh so epic and how original am I? Um, no. Sorry. Try again.
All great endings have great beginnings, right? Check out this week’s awesome giveaway, including 3 stellar beginnings to 3 addicting series.
What ending (book, movie, or TV) did you absolutely LOVE or HATE? Share it in the comments below for your chance to win one of the following prizes:
- The Selection by Kiera Cass- Paperback (1 winner)
- Once Upon a Time Season 1 on DVD (1 winner)
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi- Paperback (1 winner)
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Have a great weekend, guys! As always, happy reading!
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