From the reading of done in my erm…twenty? years of life I’ve noticed there are generally two types of endings in novels. Let’s call them “FC” and “PC”.
“FC” referring to ‘full circle’ endings where everything (I MEAN EVERYTHING) is wrapped up nicely with a little pink bow on top and “PC” referring to ‘personal conclusions’ or ‘drawing your conclusion’ where the ending is a bit open ended and the characters live on in fictional infamy.
Here’s my question: Which do you prefer?
While I’ve read many classics and novels, I tend to read Historical Romances for leisure. That said, there’s really only one strict requirement for a book to belong to the genre: “Novels in this genre place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an ‘emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.’”
I’ve read a few books (no, I’m not going to name names) where the characters meet this requirement. But, the story continues (usually in an epilogue) encompassing the protagonists’ deaths and grandchildren.
I know it shows they lived a long, happy, prosperous life. But, I wasn’t too comfortable with it. I maybe be naive or delusional, but personally, I like “PC” because it means I can open the book years later and they’ll still be alive, going about their business. I like to think their lives continue even after we close the covers. Just because we stop reading doesn’t mean they stop living. That’s like thinking because we don’t go to school in the summer, teachers don’t get paid. (They do you know. Get paid.)
Now, I know if their lives DO continue after we put the book down that means they will eventually have to meet their end. However, that’s assuming the characters follow our lifespan. I like to think they don’t and once they’re written down they’ll live forever (unless their purpose was to die within the time frame of the story). If the characters are real enough I’ll keep thinking about them long after I’ve finished reading. I might even think about them in different scenarios, maybe write my own chapter of their lives.
What do you think? Do you have a preference or does it not matter as long as the story was good? Do you think I’m crazy because I want my characters to keep living after I’m done with them? 😀