Re: RE: A disappointing ending to a novel.

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I think I know how you feel. I read a novel by a best-selling author recently. His writing is excellent- tight, to the point, you can tell he made every word count, and used only the necessary words.  I really enjoyed the book as a whole, with it’s surprising climax.

But, in my opinion, the ending was just too much. I feel he could have left out the last two chapters and I would have been happy, because then it would have left something to my imagination. As he wrote it, I learned what happened two years after the climax. I just didn’t care.

I am sure there are some people who enjoyed the “two years down the road” ending, and some of us did not. It’s kind of like a win-lose situation; some will like it, some won’t. However, I will read this author again, because he is a really good writer. His plot was perfect.

As for our own writing, I think it’s important to remember that we cannot please everyone.  There is a reason we write story endings a certain way. You just have to write it and know that it does not matter what type of reaction we get out of people- if we get any reaction at all, then we have done our job. Not everyone will like our work, just like we don’t always like everyone else’s work.