#12. The Quickie Ending
Have you ever read a book that was building up to a fantastic ending when all of a sudden it takes a turn that makes you want to cry? Instead of the expected big climax you receive a rushed and unsatisfying one. It’s made even worse if the book has been gripping up until that point or if the book in question in the ending to a trilogy.
What happens? Has the author not given the ending the time and consideration it needs? Have they just gotten so fed up with the series and wanted to end it as fast as possible? For whatever reason these quickie endings can be some of the most disappointing parts of reading, at least for me.
I can give two examples: one of an ending that seemed a bit fast but still worked, and the other one that bothers me still to this day.
The first: when I was reading the first Girl of Fire and Thorns book I thought the battle at the end was very rushed.I felt that the climax was not given the time it needed to be truly fantastic, though I still enjoyed it. A situation in which this did not work out so well is in the case of the last Hunger Games book, Mockingjay. I was extremely disappointed with the second half of the book and I actually had to read the ending a few times because I’d thought I’d missed something. I didn’t. I’m still a bit unhappy about that.
I know those aren’t the only examples of this, let me know about the ones you’ve seen.
What are your pet peeves? Share your thoughts in the comments.