Thursday, October 20, 2011

Endings: Happy or Sad?

Okay, don't get me wrong, I do enjoy a happy ending, but sometimes I actually like a story if the bad guy wins (if done well). I've seen several movies where the villain succeeds and I wouldn't have picked any other way to end on.

I think it's more of a challenge to end on a sad note and still leave the reader fulfilled, although I have never actually read any novels where the villain does win. I've been thinking about the pros and cons of happy vs sad endings, mainly because my Nano novel might not exactly end on a happy note (yes, I've already planned the ending). It's a Horror so I think I can get away with it.

So, what does everyone else think? Do you prefer happy or sad endings? Will you read a novel where the bad guy wins if it is done well?


Francesca Zappia said...

I definitely think it depends on the story, but in general my favorite endings are bittersweet. Like where the hero succeeds, but dies in the process. Something like that.

Unknown said...

Happy ending only here! Except books where there is a "happy" ending and a "right" ending. I hate forced happy endings. I just read a really good unhappy ending and it was perfect.

julie fedderson said...

I'm such a fan of HEAs. I figure I can see sad endings on the news, and since I read to escape, I need all the happy I can get.

Diana said...

I don't think I've ever read a novel where the bad guy wins. Of course, I've seen movies, but no books! I would love to get my hands on a villain-happy-ending type book ;)

Diana @ The Lovely Getaway

Dr. Mohamed said...

I can take either happy or sad, just as long as the ending is satisfying.

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