Welcome to Caffeinated Confessions!
I wanted a forum where we could talk about bookish subjects from swoon-worthy covers to the price of eBooks. I hope to share my thoughts on a different subject each month. So that we can all chat and share opinions. In the process I hope we get to know each other a little better. I made a pot of coffee and have some lovely Earl of Grey so grab a cup and let’s chat:
Open Ended Novels
Open Endings can be both wonderful and infuriating but most of the time I actually like them. I know some of you are rolling your eyes and yes there have been times when we are left wondering if somehow we are missing the final pages in our ARC or finished copy. Truth be told though, most of the time I kind of prefer them…
Forcing an ending and wrapping things into a neat little package can be tempting for the author trying to please and equally satisfying for the reader who needs all the answers. For me, I find the openness allows me to ponder the story further. It allows my imagination to create my own scenes and happily ever moments.
I get frustrated when events aren’t fully explained or threads aren’t closed particularity when dealing with thrillers and mysteries. When it comes to romances, dystopians and fantasy though the open ending works for me. In my opinion these novels capture a specific moment in our characters lives and like real life the ending is far from over. After reading all of the Hollows series by Kim Harrison, the epilogue she included was nice and gave us a brief glimpse into the future, but I would have been equally happy without it. Julie Kagawa did a nice job of giving us a half open ending in her Blood of Eden series. While we got answers she still left room for us to imagine our character’s futures. The same holds true for Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy. The open ending of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series left a lot of folks confused and frustrated but I actually loved the ending. I still imagine what happened as they stormed the other cities and rebuilt their world.
“I still imagine what happened” And within that statement, lies the reason why open ending work so well for me. I still imagine and ponder the world and it’s characters. Ask me about a book with a wrapped up ending and I most likely haven’t thought of it since I closed the book.
So tell me, do you like Open Endings or do they infuriate you? Or do you fall somewhere in-between. Unless we are dealing with a case, or unanswered threads I kind of prefer them.