Monday, 21 May 2018

Why we like things to end properly?

We like to things to end. Think about it for a second and you know its true. Not necessarily to come to an end, but to end properly. I'm not necessarily talking about having a Happy Ending, though I have to admit by large they are the more popular kind of ending. Who doesn't like to see the young maiden ride off into the sunset with her White Knight after over coming all the evil they had to overcome.

There are lots of books out there with sad ending. Where what we wanted to happen hasn't, but still we can tell from that last chapter this is the finale. Sad or not, its a proper ending where you know that what you reading has come to a stop, a full conclusion, from which you can move onto the next story. As a writer I often work out how I want a story to end and then work from that understanding to get myself from the point at which the story begins to that ending.

What I don't like, and you see it more and more, more frequently with visual media like films but especially with TV shows, is the cliff hanger or no resolution endings. This is the type where the action just stops mid flow. You can tell there is more, or their is a conflict still raging within the characters or story. In writing this if often a sales tactic in order to make the reader buy the next book in a series in order to gain their resolution. I imagine it is also the same for the TV shows, but the amount of shows that get cancelled between seasons leaves a vacuum of unresolved plot lines.

I'm talking about closure I suppose. As important as it is with events in our real lives, it is also indispensable in the fantasy lives we choose to involve ourselves in. I like a book, and more prominently, a series of books, to tie up all the loose ends neatly by its conclusion so that I have the sense that although the lives of the characters could go on, I have successfully seen them through what would be the most eventful period of their life. Sometimes I do wonder what becomes of characters after the narrative ends but its is rarely something explored and largely it is something we have learned to dismiss to enable us to move forward.

I have only seen one writer compile a compendium from A to Z listing what became of the various characters, both main and side, that she created during the length of her series. That was Charlaine Harris after the end of the Southern Vampire Mysteries. A nice idea to be sure, but for someone like myself, it could spark more curiosity that is good for me.

1 comment:

  1. Tolkien did that with lord of the rings and to be honest it was a bit depressing