The dilemma I am facing today is which ending most people prefer? Happy endings, suspense, or sad endings.
I was asked why aren’t the endings happy? Well, there are many happy moments through the series. I can’t give away too much but things changes as the series progress. But in my humble opinion, I think the endings are pretty happy. They managed to outwit Nikola and live another day. When dealing with a pure diabolic, psychopath living another day is a happy ending.
I never thought seriously about giving all the books a happy, sad or suspended ending. They all ends with however the plot is steering the story.
I was wondering do most people prefer a happy ending or what? I first thought about it years ago when I started writing the series. My first beta readers were off-line people. (No, most were not my family.) They were people I met through various walks of life. They preferred a realistic ending that fitted the plot. They didn’t care for happily ever after endings at all. Some even refused to review the next book. So I went back to the original idea I had in mind and they liked it much better.
No, I am not telling you how the story almost went that caused such an outcry among my beta readers.
Recently, one reader suggested that I put Ana and Nikola together and let them have a happy ending. I asked her to offer suggestions in how to accomplish that without changing the entire plot. How can I make Nikola into a nice warlock? Who stop acting like a psychopath and murdering people?
She replied, “You did it with Azazel.”
I told her it took millions of years for Azazel to learn how to love someone with his heart. Nikola is mortal. He doesn’t have millions of years to straighten up and fly right. It would be nice in life if we could convince people like Nikola to be good but that isn’t going happen. The only thing Ana would get trying to love Nikola is death and that isn’t my idea of a romantic story. I know that’s the popular Hollywood idea but my idea is the person lives a good long time past the heady romantic stage of the relationship and still love each other.
In my opinion, it all depends on the story itself rather the ending can be happy, sad, or a suspense. If one is writing about human trafficking or a kidnapping. We all would like to see a happy ending and are besides ourselves with joy when all turns out well. I do believe these stories can end well. “The Ransom of Red Chief” did.