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Happy or Sad?

Okay, folks. It's time once again for you to (possibly) influence the direction of my work. (What on earth would I do without LJ, huh? I'd never get a whole sentence written on my own). ;)

Just out of curiosity:

Poll #872374 How do you prefer stories to end?


A bit of both, even if that's a cop-out

Yes, as you might have guessed, it's all about the body count. As usual.



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Nov. 21st, 2006 08:17 am (UTC)
Where is the option "abstract"?

Personally I think you should bring it all to a dramatic climax point then go when...

"...when suddenly the world became infinitely mauve."
Nov. 21st, 2006 09:16 am (UTC)
Richard Adams has written my favorite endings. Watership Down and Girl in a Swing were both awesome. The Plague Dogs had a great ending too, perhaps in part because I read it after the first two, and it goes in a different direction.
Nov. 21st, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
And in the end, will someone die?

Personally, I'd say go with your gut instinct and what you originally wanted to do for this story.
Nov. 21st, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
My favorite endings are bittersweet, but I don't ever get to write them. As my current reading is The Blind Assasin, I say the characters are yours so do what you want with them. Push them off the cliff, or send them to paradise. Or both. Or leave them and make them suffer.

I admire anyone who can write fiction.
Nov. 21st, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
It depends on the tone of the story - if it's fluffy and light, then absolutely, the end must be happy. If it's layered and complex, it could go either way.
I don't generally read to think or feel - I read for escapsim, so I prefer happy. Having said that, though, the ending must serve the story, period. So, let the story dictate its own end.
Nov. 21st, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
Storybook ending
Nov. 21st, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
I guess it would depend if there were to be any sequels. :) The sad part normally occurs near the end, but endings, while not always 'happy, tend to portray the future as hopeful.

Of course, you could always be unique...kill the fave character...and her puppy... ;)
Nov. 21st, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
I put "happy," though I'm always okay with a little bittersweet. I have to say, though, I *hate* walking away from something feeling depressed.

A good way to put it is: I really like to believe in the human spirit... so the hero/ine could die at the end, but there could still be a happy ending in the message. I'm not a fan of the whole "life sucks, humanity's worse" message that a lot of people (...Tennessee Williams comes to mind >_>) are fond of.
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