I’m not sure about other countries, but in the United States, at least in the movie industry, there seems to be a standard where every movie ends happily. Everyone gets what they want. It works out for them in one way or another. This isn’t so much the case with writing, of course. Especially my writing.
Really, I can’t think of a single happy ending I’ve written. I haven’t written a ton of works, but I’ve penned enough novels, poems, and short fiction to know that, for some reason or another, I don’t really do happy. Does this affect me as an author? Will people like or dislike my books more knowing that chances are it won’t end on a happy note? I’m not sure. But that’s just how I write.
I don’t really understand why that’s the case. I almost never have an ending planned out when I write. Usually I have the beginning, a character, or a particular scene, and I build the story around that. But generally my endings consist of suicide, or a lot of work resulting in a (as much as I dislike the word) bittersweet ending. Perhaps the main character survives, but he doesn’t really get whatever he or she desires. (But hey, at least he or she is alive!)
I’m curious if this is just a creative trend I’m going through right now. Will my endings gravitate toward something happier in the future?
Don’t get me wrong, the idea of this isn’t to convince you that all my endings are the same, and all of them will leave you sad and wanting to go cry in your closet for a few weeks. (Although that would be quite an accomplishment, no?). My endings vary in many degrees of sadness, if you want to call it that. I don’t want you to think my endings are predictable. At least I hope they’re not!
Anyway, I think you get my point.
What type of endings do you generally write? Do they vary? Or do they generally end in the same emotional way? What endings to you like to read?