The biggest problem with marvellous favourite series is that…they end.
If I get really obsessive about a series, I most emphatically do NOT want it to end. I want that glorious flailing, magnanimous, ship-sailing, glory-shedding, huzzah-giving finale to go on and on and on. I want to have that “next book” to look forward to! I don’t want to return to normal life! COME ON.
If they have to end (life is so unfair) then it needs to be AMAZING in order for me to be satisfied.
I just spent how many years with a series?! I need all that pain, the feels, the screaming, the anticipation to be worth the finale.
No pressure, authors, nooooo pressure.
So, what do I want and yearn for in Epic Book Series Conclusion?
I’m very glad you asked that, because I naturally have a list for you. Just a small list. Let’s not go overboard, my bountiful blogglings.
1) I Want Blood
Okay, that sounded really masochistic and sort of psychotic. BUT LET ME EXPLAIN. I’m not really an axe-murder. I just want finales that have realistic repercussions. If I’ve spent 5 books reading epic fantasy battles and NO ONE EVER DIES, I will be greatly put-out and extremely dubious of the author’s soft heart. People die. (That’s what people do.*) No matter how much I whinge, I want my heart ripped out with some deaths of awesome characters.** I need this.
* You get cake from the dark side if you understood this reference.
** It is NOT acceptable just to kill secondary characters that no one cares about. Some of the top characters need to go out with lightning and a bang, thankyouverymuch.
2) I Want Ships To Sail
In secret selfish honesty…I want my ships to sail. I want the couples I’ve been routing for to get together. BUT. I get it. Authors don’t always know what I’m thinking. (I’ll change that when I rule the world, of course, but for now: I have to put up with it.)
But some ships have to sail. I’m not a soppy person who awws excessively over true love. I’m a realistic person who sits there with a 700-page paperback thinking, “I’ve been stuck with your angst and drama for 6 books and several thousand pages…SOMEBODY MARRY THESE TWO AND TELL THEM TO SHUT UP SO I CAN HAVE CLOSURE.” I’m very romantic, you see?
3) I Don’t Want Everything Neatly Packaged
I love open endings. I like it when series end, but there could possibly in my wildest dreams be more books one day. (Like The Hunger Games! Ha. I make myself laugh.) I want a few loose threads. I want enough so that my mind can conjure “extra scenes”.
4) I Want It To Stretch The Characters To The Extreme
The finale of my childhood favourite series, The Ranger’s Apprentice: The Royal Ranger is a grand example of a series petering out into nothingness. There was no wowzer ending. No battle. No plot twist to throw the brain into a knot. No gross sobbing as characters fading into the distance. It just sort of…chuffed into extinction.
I want endings that force characters to make bad decisions and deal with the consequences (hey, don’t look at me like that…bad decisions are more fun to read about). I want characters to collapse at the end EXHAUSTED.*
* Naturally, I want to collapse at the end exhausted too. I can’t if the characters just finish up the finale with tea and jam.
5) I Want An Extraordinary Last Sentence
Maybe this is being too picky…but a book goes up in my esteem if the last sentence is worth crying for. Or screaming. Or shrieking. Whatever. I’m flexible with the emotion.
Last sentence of Sinner (The Wolves Of Mercy Falls series) by Maggie Stiefvater:
But we did it better together.
Last sentence of The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket:
SEE?! It makes a difference. Particularly if it manages to sum up the series as well as be a poetically glorious conclusion. Or, in Lemony Snicket’s case, just makes you wail because the word Beatrice means a lot in his books.
I know, I know…I ask a lot.
But a lot of series finales live up to my expectations! I adored Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare and Light by Michael Grant OH AND Allegiant by Veronica Roth.
Finales I haven’t liked so much? Well, The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan and Rebel by Amy Tintera weren’t my favourites.
I just want glorious finales that are worth the fangirling and the feels.
It’s not too much to ask, right?
how about you?! how do you take your series finale? what are YOUR requirements for the finale-of-your-dreams? do your ships have to get together for the finale to be successful? open endings or everything tied up in a bow? do last sentences matter to you? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS.
Cait has been very slow at writing posts this last week. She has the ideas just…no motivation. She blames it on Christmas busyness and also on the puppy (everything is blamed on the puppy) and on the sudden panicky thought that 2014 is nearly OVER FOREVER. Can we freak out yet?!