Unfortunately, this is going to be short and sweet. Real life has a hold of me pretty tightly these days and unfortunately, it's not in a happy roses and butterflies kind of way. (Why is it that everything always has to happen all at once?)
Sometimes I want everything to be like it is on television where 30 minutes and a handful of commercial breaks will solve the dilemma and crises I'm going through that week. But of course, it doesn't happen that way.
Well what about in books? It used to be that our romance novels always ended with all the loose ends tied up nicely and everyone getting what they wanted, able to live happily ever after.
I think in most cases that is still the truth. At least it should be, right? I mean, it's the biggest rule in romance that the hero and heroine get their happy ever after (and with each other). But I've picked up a few books recently where those formerly bold lines have been blurred and I wasn't quite sure what to think.
I'll tell you right now, while some of these books pulled it off and I went away feeling satisfied that the ending I had come to was the only one that would have been right, some of them left me feeling cheated. It didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book as a whole, but I felt dissatisfied, as if I was only getting half of a book. If there's no happy ever after, then it can't be finished, right?
Granted, I've found that this happens mostly in Urban fantasy, paranormal and some contemporary suspense romances, where the author is leaving the door (wide) open for subsequent books. At the same time, the story of that particular book had a beginning, middle, and an end--but not the end we've come to expect in a romance.
How do you feel about that? And even when the ending is a happy ever after, but there are lingering issues that don't get resolved, a mystery that doesn't get solved, a hurt that isn't washed away, does this bother you?
Anyway, I'll apologize for the lameness I'm subjecting you to today, but hopefully we'll generate some good discussion despite that :)