January 19, 2018

#Discussions: Happy endings: good or bad? DISCUSS. (contains spoilers)

Welcome to this week's Discussion post with Crossroad Reviews! This week we are talking about Happy Endings are they good or are they bad? 

Are happy endings a must?  For me I kind of like both types of endings. Sometimes we need a not so happily ever after and sometimes it works out great. Other times we want that happily ever after all tied up in a bow.  

So for me, I like both. We applaud when true love conquers all and sigh happily when the guy gets the girl and we find hope and inspiration when everything works out.  But does that mean that all endings need to be happy? Is it ok for things not to work out?   

So think about some of the books you have read and movies you have seen.  Do they all end happily?  A few come to my mind that didn't. Spoilers ahead

First off you have The Fault in Our Stars this book is about a girl who has cancer and is dying but is in remission.  By the time the movie ends you think that Grace is going to be the one to die only to find out that it's her new found love.  In this story, we learn that letting go and not giving up on yourself are the things that make you strong.  Grace saw her life as being over but she learned that it wasn't. That she still had life left to live and she could do that to the fullest.  

The next story is Me Before You in this one we have a woman who needed a job and who starts being a companion to a man who was in an accident and can no longer walk etc.  This is another story that didn't end all tied up in a bow.  The man whom she falls for decides to end his own life because of the pain he is in and gives her the means to live her life to the fullest. 

Another one is The Divergent Series, in the end, Tris gets shot and dies. In this story, we learn that even beloved characters can die.  This was a simple end to her life that you are not invincible and that you are not immortal. 

Even when people don't die you have books where a romance just doesn't work out and people go their seprate ways. (sorry for the life of me I can't think of the book). And other times things just don't work out the way you think they should.  

So what about you?  Do you always want the ending to be happy or do you think that even sad endings make for a good story?  Let us know in the comments! 

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