I’m in a blog debate this week: the ending debate. How do you like your stories to end? Make mine realistic.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post inspired by the movie Snow White and the Huntsman. My post on Twitter sparked a flurry of amicable controversy between myself and 3 fellow bloggers. Without giving anything away about the movie let’s just say this Snow White doesn’t have the fairy tale ending the Disney version does. This time there’s no blatant HEA (happily ever after), and that’s bothered people.
Movies and books that use the last few minutes or pages to tie up all the loose ends and stick a happy bow on the story Drives. Me. Insane!! Immediately I feel like I’ve wasted my time. The only caveat for me are romantic comedies. Happily Ever After is what romantic storylines are about – the guy and the girl realize they’re madly in love and their love will overcome any previous obstacles and they live happily ever after. I have enjoyed my fair share of rom coms and overlook this irritating quirk of the genre.
Romantic stories aside, I watch movies and read books to be entertained primarily – but I’m always looking for the deeper truth in everything. What can I learn about myself, about others, about the world from this story. “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” Stephen King. Writers – always tell the truth. Granted, sometimes we have to style reality to make it palatable, make it plausible, make it entertaining – but there should always be truth inside the lie. [Read more…]