“…and they lived happily ever after.”
Aren’t these the words we always loved to read on the last page of a good book? It seems like all the best fairy tales our parents used to tell us when we were children, and all the Disney movies we used to watch made it quite clear that the happy ending was a must – and quite easy to achieve, too. With hindsight I can only say: How deceitful!
Okay, I guess maybe I was too naïve, but I grew up thinking that happy endings not only were possible, but they were the rule. Well, maybe Prince Charming became extinct sometimes during the Ice Age and nobody bothered to inform us – or Disney screenwriters, for that matter – but I’ve come to understand pretty soon that happy endings rarely exist in real life, and that life definitely isn’t a fairy tale.
So what did I do when I realized it? Well, I guess I could’ve cried, jumped off a bridge, pulled out my hair, become a nun, moved to a desert isle in the middle of the Pacific Ocean spending the days talking to a football named Wilson, you name it. Instead, I decided to write. If the real world wasn’t quite like I’d hoped it would be, why couldn’t I simply create one of my own? A world where happy endings exist and make it all worthwhile? So when I couldn’t find a happy ending I liked, well, I simply started writing my own.
Life hardly ever gives us happy endings, so the last thing I want when I’m reading a book is to end up feeling as if my heart had been crumpled up like a piece of paper; I want to close a book with a smile on my face, not with swollen eyes and an aching heart. We get enough of that already in real life, thank you very much.
For instance, don’t you just hate it when you get to the very last chapter of a book and one of the two main characters dies or somehow leaves the story? I mean, it really leaves me feeling empty. As a reader, I always feel lost after I’ve finished reading a good book, because if the writer did a good job, I most probably lost myself in that fictional world and lived the characters’ lives. If there’s no Happily Ever After, I almost feel deceived, as if the author had intentionally created that ending just to piss me off.
So now, as a writer myself, I always get to have my HEA because it’s I who decides what’s going to happen next. I might keep you hanging for a while, but if there’s one thing you can be sure of, when you’re reading my novels, is that you’ll always get your HEA eventually, no matter what.
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