I’ll bet a lot of people have trouble deciding how to end their books, so I made this chart to simplify things somewhat. Every genre and specific book requires a slightly different approach, so I included some specific genres in this chart.
-Might bring a romance or drama with other conflicts to a comfortable ending.
-Can make your readers happier.
-Generally, in a book where the main character goes through a ton of crap, it can be good to tie it up with a positive ending instead of ruining things even further.
-Can be rather one-dimensional.
-In Westerns, really non-original.
-Fairy tales end this way and they don’t particularly captivate people.
-People might get mad and want a sad ending in a horror story. It also is a bit too optimistic for most
-Makes people think more.
-Can really elevate the quality and complexity of a book if done right.
-Might hammer home a message better than a happy ending.
-Can ruin your readers if they feel the sad ending is undeserved.
-Your poor main characters. 😦
-If done in an already-sad book, will make the book unbearably grim for many people.
-Not as depressing as a sad ending, more complicated than a happy ending.
-Hard to decipher.
-Hard to decipher. 🙂
-Possibly leaves people thinking forever about what should have happened.