Cliffhangers vs Happy Endings
So as I was falling asleep the other night, I starting thinking about books, about what I like and what I don’t like specifically about endings. I have to say, I probably stayed up for an hour just thinking about this subject, and I knew I had to write up a post about it.
Cliffhangers absolutely suck. They leave me up for hours just thinking about what could happen, why it happened, and why the author wants to torture readers like that! And the books with the worst cliffhangers are in a series that the author only releases once a year. I understand that it takes the writing process is LONG for authors, and that it is so hard to come out with more than one book a year, but I am left thinking about the ending for a whole year with no closure. That is pure torture!!
But you know what, the books with HUGE cliffhangers are the ones that keep me coming back for more. If the story is that good that the ending leaves you thinking about the story for hours and freaking out on twitter, facebook, or another social network, the author has done a great job. It is these books that end up as best-sellers and get people involved with the story. Even though I may hate the author for a few hours, days, or months, in the end I still go back for the next book and end up enjoying the next installment.
And this is the point where I start listing off the series that leave me hanging at the end, yet will keep me coming back for more with each release.
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
HOLY. WOW. The ending to this one is sooooooooooooo bad, yet I love Sophie for that ending. I am even more excited to read Vanish because I just have to know what happens next. Now, if she would have had a nicer ending with just a few loose ends, even though I LOVE the storyline, I wouldn’t be as eager to get the next book as soon as possible.
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Ummm…..geez that ending threw me off! All I could think of was “Wait. You are just going to end it like that??? But I NEED to know what happens next. They just got here and this just happened, and you are just ending it now?? NOOOOOOO.”
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Why, why, why do I have to wait a whole year for the next installment? Couldn’t you have put a few more chapters in there to make it easier to wait for Insurgent? Really though, Roth ended it on a perfect note, even if it really sucks where she ended it.
You know what I am talking about. Those books that leave just a few loose ends but wrap it up just nicely enough that there doesn’t have to be a sequel. But in reality, there does, because the author left those loose ends, and even though the characters are okay for the moment, you need those questions answered.
In my opinion, this type of series would be the hardest to write. You have to have a freaking fantastic storyline and loveable characters to get readers to come back with only just a few loose ends hanging. I appreciate these books when I don’t feel like being an emotional wreck afterwards.
Here are a few of my favorite series with “happy” endings in each installment (so far):
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
This is a phenomenal book and because of that, I will be the first one in line for the next book in the series. The ending is sweet, yet there are a few questions left to be answered that make it necessary for another book. Also, the characters are AMAZING, and I need more of them (especially Kaleb).
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
There didn’t have to be another book in this series, but because it was so awesome, I bought Goddess Boot Camp the very day it came out. I love the mythology and of course the characters, so it was a no brainer to buy the next installment, even if there wasn’t a cliffhanger in the previous novel.
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
The story doesn’t really end on a “happy” note, yet I have to include it in this category. The ending wasn’t really a cliffhanger, and it left many of my questions unanswered. I will definitely be getting the next installment as soon as it comes out!
In the end, I have to say that even though I love the books above, I prefer books that have cliffhangers. They bring out such strong reactions in me and any book that can do that has done its job. Even though it is pure torture waiting for the next installment, I still love ‘em!
What do you prefer? And what are some of your favorite books that fit into both catagories?