Recently, I have been reading how some hate cliffhangers. Let me see can I clarify a few things.
Cliffhangers aren’t written to get more money as some readers may erroneously believe. They are written a lot of times because the entire story can’t be told in a fullness to do the book justice in the number of pages some readers are comfortable with reading without the story reading like a rushed wrapped up job. Without it sounding choppy and incomplete. I have read plenty of unsatisfying choppy books where I could see where scenes were omitted, something was cut out to fit into a page and fit a word count. Indie authors rarely do this is why they are becoming so popular.
It all depends upon the subject the author is approaching as to whether the story can be wrapped up in less than two hundred pages. Even a lot of small publishers will not accept a short story for publishing. It isn’t worth their time and effort. They will recommend submitting it to a magazine or short story contest if there’s no larger book to follow up or precede it.
The number of pages a few of modern readers like books to be just isn’t always feasible in every book and every topic. It all depends on the story and what it’s about and where it’s going.
Literature is like anything else in life. LOL! You can’t have your cake and eat it too. You can’t have excessively short stories and but yet have a full elaborate detailed stories with many different characters ineracting all in one accord. Well developed characters, well built worlds and places, and exciting action of more than one scene in a short story are next to impossible to accomplish. Cutting some stories down to the bare minimal leave you with a half-baked book. So to prevent this from being the case the author takes it over to another book making the length more comfortable for those who don’t like big books.
Take for example: Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, an 1851 novel by Herman Melville. The book is sailor Ishmael’s narrating the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship called the Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the white whale that on the ship’s previous voyage bit off Ahab’s leg at the knee. It’s sad it didn’t do well during Melville’s life time the book didn’t do well. It didn’t become a classic until the 20th century all because it bucked heads with the most popular genre of that day. But the story wouldn’t have never became a classic had Melville chopped it up and no one knew what was going between Ahab and Moby nor what Ahab’s grief was against the whale. Every single one of the classic, even Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey all follow a a format of a full description of the story.
A book is not a movie. Movies are made from books not the other way around. In a book, the author has to fully describe the situation, characters, action, or setting, etc. whereas in a movies all this is done on a prop scene and acted out. If not, then the characters will be flat and the situation is underdeveloped.
It’s much easier to do this in contemporary writings than writing of another time period. In contemporary writing the author doesn’t have to describe what items are. Everyone already know what they are. Horror is another genre it is easier to not have a cliffhanger by killing off everyone or heroine or hero kills the monster or exorcise the demon and go home. Like I said it all depends up the genre and where the story if going.