“Let’s Talk” is something I’ve started here on Epilogue. It’s basically a time where I can have a heart to heart with all of you awesome people. Hopefully it’ll be a time where we can interact and share are thoughts and feelings!
Let’s talk about books, or rather, the endings of books… in particular cliffhangers. I don’t know about you, but nothing gets me angrier than a book ending on a HUGE CLIFFHANGER, knowing that I have to wait another year for the next book. Don’t get me wrong; a little suspense can be a good thing!! I enjoy having that tug to pick up the follow-on book and find out what will happen next, but recently the endings have been too drastic and irritating.
For a long time, I wouldn’t pick up any book that was part of a series because I would always get annoyed with them, especially if there was a huge number of books in said series. Nothing aggravates me more than getting really involved in a book, finishing it, and by the time the next book is out I have to reread the entire series again to remember the intricate plot details! Arghh. So infuriating. Because of my intense dislike of series in the past, I have always had a fond spot for standalone novels… though they seem to be an endangered species now. I like being able to read a complete story at once and feel like the conflict is resolved. That’s why I eventually accepted series into my reading list because some of them resolve the main conflict and then I get to experience the characters I love all over again. Over time, I began reading all types of book series (both cliffhanger ridden and standalone stories.), and I really don’t regret it… I was able to read many fantastic books because I was open to them. I just wish some didn’t end abruptly in the middle of a thought and leave me feeling that something’s missing.
So, to sum up my ramblings, a small cliffhanger is FINE. It entices me to want the next book: I get it. But, when it’s taken too far and makes it feel like the whole story is leading up to nothing, it gets old and annoying. Basically, it can’t be overdone (for me to like how it ends) and don’t worry about me picking up the next book… if it’s well done and I feel attached to the characters, I WILL be picking up the rest of the series. If it’s not, then it won’t matter to me if it ends on a huge cliffhanger.
What about you? Do you think cliffhangers have their merits? How far is too far?