Sunday, April 26, 2015

Discussion Post: Do you have to have an HEA?

Linking back to Feed Your Fiction Addiction, and to It Starts At Midnight who host the 2015 Discussion Post challenge.

My Discussion Topic This Week - Do you have to have a HEA (Happily Ever After)?

So this one's been on my mind this week because it seems like I've read quite a few books lately where there is no HEA.  When I say HEA, or happily ever after, I don't just mean the romantic kind. I'm also referring to the technical kind.  Some of the endings I've read lately include the following:

  • An enormous romantic buildup followed by a the death of one of the romantic characters
  • An enormous romantic buildup with one person, later to discover that the heroine will end up with the other guy instead
  • No romantic buildup at all, no romance at all
  • Big story build up with no HEA in terms of the conflict.  In other words, not a good enough resolution at the end

I hate endings like this.  I get completely invested into a story, I love the characters, or the romance, or the conflict.  It all seems to be building up to some wonderful conclusion either romantically or in terms of the story conflict, and then.....   Yeah.  I'm left feeling completely cheating.

Let's discuss....

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