23 Oct 2014
I just finished a book. It was a rather good book that I enjoyed very much. I’d tell you what book it was but I don’t want to ruin the ending, or lack there of. You know what I’m talking about. When there is this long build up of dramatic conflict. Will the guy get the girl? Will the guy forget about the girl? Will he take a new job? It looks like…it looks like…oh wait…he’s just going to drive off in to the sunset and you as the reader has to decide what happens.
I do have an imagination. And maybe some readers want to be able to create their own ending in their mind. To that I say, the author should have finished his work! If I was an author, I’d have written the book myself! I hope one day I do write a book, but I don’t go to work every day and start a project only to hand it off 95% finished. Finish your book Author X!
Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but I really liked the book. I got invested in the characters. The main guy felt like a friend and I just want to call him up and ask him how he’s doing. What ended up being your fate Character Y?!? Sadly no one has invented me a phone that calls a fictitious character (hey, I may be on to something) so I can’t ask him. Now I’m just left wishing that the author had left me with something more to hold on to.
“But then the book may have been too predictable,” you say. And I have to agree with you there. A clear-cut ending does leave for some predictability and stale story telling. But gosh darn it I hate not knowing!
Am I the only one that feels this way?! As I get ready to embark on The Winter 2014 Book Challenge I really must know.