Write me a happy ending

Spring has arrived and it's a universal merriment in the air, a general love-making that seems to take hold of everything and everyone. I adore watching this extraordinary explosion of life, it fuels my joie de vivre. I have been writing lately on a historical romance, I have recently passed the 10 000 word barrier and I decided I should push my heroine to a much needed closure. I considered killing her, for I adore terminating my characters :))), but I have been advised to proceed with a lot of cautiousness when it comes to romance. So I am now contemplating the idea of a happy ending, which I find disgustingly predictable, yet I thought I would sneak in some wicked turn of events that would diminish the "all is good"  idea and put it into a much more realistic perspective.
Is happy ending that mandatory, people?

19 comments:

Lexa Cain said...

When watching movies or reading books, do you like them to end with the main character dying? If the answer is yes, then you probably want to write a Tragedy rather than a Romance - or perhaps even a Romantic Tragedy. It worked for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet! :-)

unikorna said...

I am more into realistic romance :).

Petro Neagu said...

Nothing is mandatory but in a world of pain and violence I believe people enjoy the happy endings much more than before.

Have a wonderful weekend, my dear Petronela.

Carmen Botman said...

I tend to prefer writing unexpected twists and unconventional endings, but I too have been cautioned that "people like happy endings." So i guess the question is, are you willing to sacrifice your writing style to please others?

Carmen Botman said...

I tend to prefer writing unexpected twists and unconventional endings, but I too have been cautioned that "people like happy endings." So i guess the question is, are you willing to sacrifice your writing style to please others?

Grace said...

Not in a book - the ending has to be true to the story. But a movie MUST always have a happy ending or I won't watch it.

Tamago said...

Personally I love happy endings. After I read a book and it ends with tragedy, I sometimes wish it was different ending. But at the same time, I don't like stories with forced happy ending, stories that don't make sense with happy endings. So I think realistic or convincing endings will be great, happy or tragic :-)

L.G. Smith said...

I do think romance is more inclined to have a happy ending for the reader's sake than other genres, but I love the idea of making it a bitter sweet one. Those endings often resonate longer and deeper with people.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

I suppose the ending just has to make sense and that can either be happy or not. I hate a story that has an ending that makes no sense because then I feel so cheated of my time.

YONKS said...

Hi Petronella,
It's not mandatory but expected. I think, in general, life is tough, the escapism of reading and experiencing the joy a happy ending brings is a tonic. We don't want to hear that their house burnt down, one got cancer and their dog died. That's real life. We want to escape to a happy place.
I've been hibernating of late but I'm still here!
Hope you're well :-)
Di
xxxxxx

Launna said...

I think you need to write the story you feel, that will resonate with the readers.:)

Joyce Lansky said...

I like happy endings. The sad endings upset me too much.

http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

Latedra Gladney said...

Happy endings suck sometimes. Sometimes I would love a book to end in some fire. Wouldn't that be nice? But really, I think if the ending is a satisfactory one- the guy doesn't necessarily get the girl but he gained some confidence or something is cool too. Or maybe the girl got turned into a zombie?

Elephant's Child said...

I respond much better quite often to a bit of realism. So perhaps an ambiguous ending - one that the reader can put a bit of themselves into. Married - and living with the mother-in-law from hell for example? Does it end happily or not?

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

It's Autumn here but I'm happy to go along with those springtime feelings!

Mynx said...

Even if life doesn't always have happy endings, I think we all hope that our relationship will be one that does.
I love stories with twists and surprises, something that makes me think, but if it is romance focussed, I would much prefer to finish the last page with a smile than a tear.

Catherine said...

Dear Petronela,
I have missed many beautiful posts. From the baking which looks delicious!! to Eugenia who is adorable!! As for the happy ending you should write the way you feel in you heart.
I hope all is well my dear. Blessings and a hug. Catherine

C.J. Sullivan said...

Just gave you the Versatile Blogger Award :) http://cjsullivanauthor.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-versatile-blogger-award.html

Petula Wright said...

You're asking the wrong person! LOL. I am not a fan of the predictable, but possibly killing off the heroine would be too much. Yes, a wicked turn of events works... The question is will it work for the "typical" historical romance reader.

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