There has been controversy lately about the wrap-up of series. The first that stands out to me is the case of Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse ending that had fans so furious many canceled their pre-orders when the reveal was leaked well before the official launch. I know she came under harsh criticism for how she ended the popular series (no spoilers in case you don’t know or haven’t read them yet).
And now the highly anticipated release of book three of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth has her in considerable hot water. As of writing this post, her reviews on Amazon are remarkably bottom heavy in the one-star department. Disappointed fans are commenting in droves over the way she chose to complete the trilogy (again, no spoilers). In the case of the Sookie Stackhouse books, the Happily Ever After the lead character received wasn’t the one the readers wanted. But in the case of Allegiant, the fans were devastated by the lack of anything resembling a HEA.
So, I ask you–how important is it for your favorite characters to see a positive conclusion? For example, what if Syd had died at the end of The Last Call as the only way to save Gabriel from Ameline? How would that have made you feel?
On the one hand, I feel a responsibility to you, the people who buy and read my books, to give you exactly what you’re looking for–and what I’ve led you to expect. And, as a huge fan of HEA myself, there are only a few times I’ve considered not going down that road.
But, on the other, I don’t get to dictate to my characters how their stories will end. They have full control, and I like it that way. I’ve been able to cajole and beg on occasion to save the odd character I felt earned it. But, for the most part, I get out of the way and let my characters tell the story they need to tell.
Tell me, then: would you stop reading if you didn’t get the ending you think the character deserved?