Support Forums Today's Posts

Get Advice Connect with TeenHelp Resources
HelpLINK Facebook     Twitter     Tumblr     Instagram    Hotlines    Safety Zone    Alternatives

You are not registered or have not logged in

Hello guest! (Not a guest? Log in above!)

As a guest on TeenHelp you are only able to use some of our site's features. By registering an account you will be able to enjoy unlimited access to our site, and will be able to:

  • Connect with thousands of teenagers worldwide by actively taking part in our Support Forums and Chat Room.
  • Find others with similar interests in our Social Groups.
  • Express yourself through our Blogs, Picture Albums and User Profiles.
  • And much much more!

Signing up is free, anonymous and will only take a few moments, so click here to register now!

Literature Use this forum to discuss books, plays, poetry, authors and more from around the world.

Closed Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  (#1 (permalink)) Old
Kumagoro Offline
Formerly ChaosControl
I've been here a while
Kumagoro's Avatar
Age: 26
Gender: Female
Location: UK

Posts: 1,567
Blog Entries: 14
Join Date: March 30th 2009

Question Unhappy endings - November 21st 2010, 11:59 AM

Do you like books with unhappy endings? Why or why not?

For me it depends. I'm easily annoyed by happy endings, particularly if it's all cheesy and coincidentally convenient for all the characters. If something awful happens and I'm in floods of tears, I actually find that sort of reaction really powerful and that's what I appreciate in a novel.

What do you think?

  (#2 (permalink)) Old
Saphire Offline
Experienced TeenHelper
Saphire's Avatar
Name: Saphire
Gender: Female
Location: UK

Posts: 529
Join Date: April 7th 2010

Re: Unhappy endings - November 21st 2010, 01:56 PM

I agree. A happy ending is good when you actually really want that for the characters, however if it's so predictable or unrealistic or cheesy I get annoyed by it. (This is why i'm writing an alternate unhappy ending for Cinderella for my English coursework!)

  (#3 (permalink)) Old
Prozac Offline
I can't get enough
Prozac's Avatar

Posts: 3,499
Blog Entries: 108
Join Date: January 8th 2009

Re: Unhappy endings - November 21st 2010, 03:16 PM

I prefer whichever is more realistic in the situation. I agree that unhappy endings can often be more powerful.
  (#4 (permalink)) Old
Snufkin Offline
I've been here a while
Snufkin's Avatar
Name: Scott
Age: 27
Gender: Male
Location: Glasgow

Posts: 1,982
Blog Entries: 104
Join Date: January 17th 2009

Re: Unhappy endings - November 21st 2010, 03:40 PM

I tend to like happy endings. I feel depressed enough when a good book comes to an end, so at least give me some joy. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was soul destroying.

  (#5 (permalink)) Old
Spellbound Offline
I can't get enough
Spellbound's Avatar
Age: 24
Gender: Girl
Location: USA

Posts: 3,334
Blog Entries: 368
Join Date: December 29th 2009

Re: Unhappy endings - November 21st 2010, 03:44 PM

I like books with unhappy endings; they're the books that tend to really make me think and stay with me. I too agree that they can be the most powerful ones.

Happy endings are good, but they can tend to be extremely predictable at times.

A good book, for me, is one that can evoke various sorts of emotions.

  Send a message via MSN to Spellbound  
  (#6 (permalink)) Old
ARTPOP Offline
I've been here a while
ARTPOP's Avatar
Name: :)
Gender: Female
Location: Everywhere

Posts: 1,283
Blog Entries: 1
Join Date: September 9th 2010

Re: Unhappy endings - November 22nd 2010, 01:08 PM

Nooooooooo , it's too sad forn a character to die!

I'm a superstar because I do pageants!
  (#7 (permalink)) Old
Strife Offline
Average Joe
Strife's Avatar
Gender: Female

Posts: 134
Join Date: August 16th 2010

Re: Unhappy endings - November 23rd 2010, 11:53 AM

i like books to have a surprising or uncertain ending, but i don't like being depressed at the end. >.>
  (#8 (permalink)) Old
.:Bibliophile:. Online
PM me anytime!

TeenHelp Veteran
.:Bibliophile:.'s Avatar
Gender: Just me

Posts: 14,191
Blog Entries: 1549
Join Date: January 18th 2009

Re: Unhappy endings - November 25th 2010, 12:45 AM

It really depends. I like books where the ending speaks to me. I don't like to read a book and feel like I wasted a good deal of my time. I like to read a book and be left thinking. So, sometimes a happy ending does that and sometimes it is an unhappy ending that does it. I just want the book to 'speak' to me.

  (#9 (permalink)) Old
Dark-and-Twisty Offline
Experienced TeenHelper
Dark-and-Twisty's Avatar
Name: Nicole
Age: 26
Gender: Female
Location: Iowa, USA

Posts: 734
Join Date: November 4th 2010

Re: Unhappy endings - November 26th 2010, 03:33 AM

It depends on the book. In general, I don't like predictable endings. It sucks when you know that "this and this and this is going to happen, and they're going to live happily ever after." I do like happy endings; they're soothing for the soul. But when the happy ending is unrealistic, then it can get annoying. Bittersweet endings are almost always the best. I'm trying to think of an example, but I am drawing a blank. I can think of several examples of bittersweet endings in movies. (Titanic, Pearl Harbors - my two favorite movies of all times.) The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (which is also a movie) is a good example of a bittersweet ending as well. Same as Dear John. I've only read Dear John, and seen the Notebook, but based on Sparks' style, I'm going to guess all his books are bittersweet. (Maybe I'm wrong to assume that.) My Sister's Keeper (the book, don't know about the movie; I've heard it's different) is a good example of a bittersweet ending too.

So, I vote for bittersweet endings. =)

"You say you're all dark and twisty. It's not a flaw, it's a strength. It makes you who you are."

~ Derek, Grey's Anatomy
  (#10 (permalink)) Old
Regular TeenHelper
Berries and Cream's Avatar
Name: Elizabeth
Age: 21
Gender: Female
Location: California♥

Posts: 400
Join Date: August 11th 2010

Re: Unhappy endings - November 28th 2010, 10:58 PM

For me, it really depends on the book. I love both happy and unhappy endings. But what if the two were incorporated in one ending? Like in Romeo and Juliet, they died tragically but reconciled their parents' brawl and brought forth peace. Likewise, I agree with the person above me. It does get annoying when the storyline is predicable and the ending is very unrealistic.

Laugh as much as you breathe
and love as long as you live
Closed Thread


endings, unhappy

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All material copyright 1998-2018, TeenHelp.
Terms | Legal | Privacy | Conduct | Complaints

Powered by vBulletin®.
Copyright ©2000-2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search engine optimization by vBSEO.
Theme developed in association with vBStyles.