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What makes a good ending?

What makes a good ending?

I love reading a story containing characters so closely connected with each other I'm catching my breath at the turn of every page. The characters thrilling each other make such a good team. I can become absorbed in a story which tells the tale of the characters combined effort to stay on the rails despite various twists and turns on a chemically-fuelled and rocky roller coaster journey.

Naturally, I'm keen to find out what happens at the end. Can you imagine my disappointment when all the story does is fizzle out and limp away without so much of a whimper you hardly notice it happening?

There are various ways a story can end. One of my favourites is to be able to finish a story with a smile on my face knowing good has conquered evil. One where the truth will out. She who laughs last, laughs longest, type of thing is indeed a hit with me.

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Feisty56 wrote on September 28, 2015, 2:25 PM

It feels refreshing when a book or story finishes with a good, if not pat, ending -- where all the details have come together and good triumphs over evil. Nonetheless, those conclusions that aren't truly conclusions...just the end of the piece, also have their places.

Dawnwriter wrote on September 29, 2015, 7:19 AM

I like it best when all loose ends are tied. I don't like incomplete stories or where the beginning is great but the ending meanders just as you said.

CalmGemini wrote on September 30, 2015, 7:26 AM

As you say endings where all lose ends are tied and good triumphs over evil .that is the ending I prefer.I do not like stories where the readers are just kept in the dark even when the story has ended.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 23, 2015, 12:10 AM

I think the best ending is when two lovers who are true soul mates live happily ever after.