How Do You Like Your Endings?


Going Nowhere...

Photo by Leah Jones (creative commons)

This week I raced through the book Goodnight Tweetheart  by Teresa Medeiros. My friend Ashley March recommended it and the premise intrigued me--a whole romance novel composed mostly of tweets. My husband and I met online through chat (back when people still used AOL) and so of course, that kind of romance is something close to my heart.

The book was fun and full of pop culture references (many from the 80s and 90s) that I could relate to. I found myself laughing a number of times. However, this story is a poignant one and takes a turn 2/3 of the way through that deepens what started as a light-hearted story.

It was wonderfully written and I really enjoyed the book, but when I got to the end, things were left on a hopeful note but not a fully wrapped up one. And I was left turning the pages, dying for an epilogue. I even went to the author's website to see if there was "bonus" content that gave us more. 

Now this was an artistic decision and a testament to how good the story was because I was emotionally attached and wanted to know more about these characters. But it got me to thinking about endings.

I am an unapologetic happy ending whore. I like my stories wrapped up and riding into the sunset by the end. I don't necessarily need the big wedding or anything, but I want to be left with the sense that these two people will be together and will have a happy life. 

If someone pulls a Nicholas Sparks on me and kills off a main character in a romance, I'm ready to wield a pitchfork. Hence the reason I like to read romances where I'm guaranteed my happy ending.

And maybe it's just me, but I kind of want it spelled out for me. I don't want to be left wondering if the couple is going to make it. And not just that, but I want to see the big "we're so in love and everything is going to work out" moment. So that was the only reason I gave this book 4 instead of 5 stars. One extra chapter at the end and I probably would've rated it a 5. (Regardless, I highly recommend it for a great read.)

Now if I go into a book knowing that it's not a happy ending kind of thing, I'm okay. I'm prepared. I mean, I didn't go into watch Titanic and expect it to be rainbows and sunshine. But I do tend to gravitate towards genres that are going to give me my happy at the end. And I can't imagine writing a non-HEA story.

So how do you feel about endings? Are you a happily ever after whore like me or do you prefer more open-ended finales? Have you ever read a book where you just needed a little more to get closure?

Sappy Sunday: Sleepless In Seattle

Welcome to Sappy Sunday, where I'm unrepentant in my love for the sappy. Today I'm featuring one of those movies that I can watch over and over again. If I'm flipping channels and this is on, I can't seem to turn away.

And what's so interesting about this romantic comedy is that the hero and the heroine's love story doesn't start until the end of the movie. There's this unwritten rule in romance that the hero and heroine need to meet by chapter one (or the first few minutes of the movie) and this movie breaks that rule in spades. Proof that breaking the rules can work really well when done right.

If you haven't seen this one (how is that possible?), get thee to Netflix--stat!

Some favorite quotes (courtesy of IMDB):

Sam Baldwin: Didn't you see Fatal Attraction? 
Jonah Baldwin: You wouldn't let me! 
Sam Baldwin: Well I saw it and it scared the shit out of me. It scared the shit out of every man in America. 


Annie Reed: Now that was when people KNEW how to be in love. They knew it! Time, distance... nothing could separate them because they knew. It was right. It was real. It was... 
Becky: A movie! That's your problem! You don't want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie. 

*The one above defined me at the time. Guess that's why I decided to write books, lol. 

Dennis Reed: Annie, when you're attracted to someone, it just means that your subconscious is attracted to their subconscious, subconsciously. So what we think of as fate is just two neuroses knowing that they are a perfect match. 


Still of Tom Hanks and Ross Malinger in Sleepless in Seattle

Sam Baldwin: I'll tell you what I'm doing this weekend, I'm getting laid. It's the 1990's and nobody's getting laid. I'm the only man in America who's getting laid this weekend and I haven't been laid that much. Six girls in college, maybe seven. 
[sees Jonah standing in the doorway
Sam Baldwin: How long have you been standing there? 
Jonah Baldwin: Forever. 
Sam Baldwin: What did you just hear me say? 
Jonah Baldwin: Six girls in college, maybe seven. 
Sam Baldwin: Seven... EIGHT! Mary Kelly. 
Jonah Baldwin: [holds Annie's letter] This is the one I like! 


And my favorite scene (sorry for the subtitles at the bottom, couldn't find one without):



Aww, now aren't you all warm and fuzzy? :) Anyone else have an unhealthy affection for this movie?


Sappy Sunday: Ross and Rachel's First Kiss

Trying out a new feature here at the blog. Sappy Sunday will be where I post things that make the romantic in me all warm and fuzzy. Feel free to let me know what you think. 


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Just watching this scene again gets me smiling and brings me back to my high school/college days. I was a bit obsessed with Friends. I even got the Rachel haircut--yeah, let's not talk about that. I'm still traumatized. But these two characters will always hold a special nostalgic place in my heart.

Any Friends fans out there?