My dear friend Cari has a post up today about book endings and which ones she likes and dislikes. I started to write her a comment, but then it got away from me a bit, and I had to go to work, and so now you get to see a slightly better-put-together version. I hope. 🙂
One of the things that got me right away was how Cari said “However, we don’t often talk about endings. It’s a taboo subject because, well, no one wants to spoil it for someone else. In fact, in this post, I will not bring up any specific books because I do not want to ruin them, either.” And I thought, oh, man, I spoil endings all the time on my blog! Well, not as in “and then this character TOTALLY DIES,” but more as in, “and then there’s some lame twist ending” or “and then you don’t at all find out what happens and it’s kind of awesome.”
I do this probably because I like it when others tell me what style of ending a book has, because there are some books that I know that I enjoyed a heck of a lot more on re-reading when I knew that there wasn’t going to be an easy ending than I did when I got to the end the first time and was all, “What.” And so knowing that the ending is going to annoy me usually makes it annoy me far less, and I hope that you guys don’t mind it!
And, of course, there have been books I’ve read that are nothing but lead-ups to the AMAZING TWIST ENDING OF OMG I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING, and those are fun, too, and I won’t say anything about said ending when I tell other people about it, because that’s not fair. Although sometimes I have to throw in a “yeah, yeah, the first 300 pages are crap but then the end is spectacular!” or else they’d never read it!
I was telling my book club the other day, in re: The Book Thief, that I adore books that spoil their own endings. The ones where right from the get-go, you know everyone dies in the end or that every survives or that a plague of monkeys is going to come down upon the earth. I like them because it means that the author has to work that much harder on the beginning and the middle to keep things interesting, or surprising if they must. I prefer interesting.
So, yeah, endings! (I am personally bad at them!) What’s your take?