I personally am a fan of the ambiguous. I think I have my AP Lit teacher to thank for that since his mantra was “embrace the ambiguity.” But I digress.
Unpopular Opinion: I’m one of those people who wasn’t a huge fan of the Harry Potter and Hunger Games epilogues. I feel like ending it right before was just a more powerful place to end it. The epilogues mostly just took the wind out of the sails, for me. (Dear Fandom: COME AT ME, BRO.)
Some Of My Favorite Endings (Potential Spoilers!):
- The Princess Bride (film): I feel like having Buttercup and Westley ride off into the sunset together was the perfect ending. We know they end up together, but we get to speculate as to how the rest of their lives go.
- Requiem by Lauren Oliver: I covered this in my review, which I linked to above.
- The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan; This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers: Hopeful, but doesn’t make any promises. Which is realistic, because zombies.
- Just One Day by Gayle Forman: Obviously I’m going to read the sequel because Willem. But then again, this isn’t an ending that NEEDS a sequel. And there’s sort of this part of me that hopes Willem’s book stops at the same point as this one did.
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: I haven’t read this book in four or five years, but that ending really stuck with me. I just want to think that despite the way all of my feels were ripped out of me and thrown onto the ground, it wasn’t the end of Henry and Clare’s story.
What sorts of endings do you like to see and/or read?