Welcome to Spirit Wednesday where we take a look at all things spiritual from meditation to prayer to cleaning the house. Yes, even house work can be a spiritual experience… if you choose to see it that way.
I like happy endings. At least, I like stories that end with some kind of happy ending. I don’t need all the ends tied up nicely and I don’t need all the characters I fell in love with alive and smiling by the final scene. I do, however, desire some kind of closure and a sense that life is somehow better for the journey.
That being said, I’ve recently read several books that ended abruptly and with a bleak world-view. I’ll admit they were books early on in a series, but I don’t think series are exempt from needing “happy” endings.
Sarah Sawyer asks the same question in her post, Do Happy Endings Present A False Reality? and gives a great answer:
Though tragedies have their place as a literary form, I don’t like books that end without hope, those that are entirely grim and bleak. I don’t expect a story to end with everything packaged neatly and perfect resolution for the protagonists, but I want a hint of hope, of redemption, of change coming–a conclusion that provides unique satisfaction by foreshadowing the ultimate happy ending to come.
What do you think? Are happy endings a thing of the past or do they give us hope?