8 Best and Worst Fictional Endings

Happily ever after? What do I look for in an ending and which book finales did I love/hate most?

The most important parts of a fiction book for me are the opening chapter and the last quarter.
I like to be thrown into action or posed a question for the initial hook. I will read a book without these elements, I consider myself a slightly varied reader, but I do prefer them to be there.
For me however, an impactful(!?) ending is non negotiable. I need the pacing to accelerate, big reveals or shocking twists. In my opinion the best books are the ones with plots that are unpredictable but still feasible.

I like to challenge my brain. Untangling a maze of misleads and consequences can tether me to a book for hours on end, just don’t throw in a wild card with no previous ties to characters or story line- that infuriates me, it feels lazy.

A brilliant ending can turn the tide of my favour for any book. I’ll forget all about any moments I spent drifting off or dragging my eyes across the page. An initially bad book can become a decent slow-burner if the pay off at the end feels worth the time invested in earlier details.

I can sacrifice action if the character development is intricate but there still has to be some sort of BANG towards the end. Nothing worse than a book that fizzles out leaving you wondering why you cared. Even predictable but well written reveals or events are preferable to me than none at all.

Here are just a few books with (spoiler free) endings I’ve loved or hated:

adamnevillritual
The Ritual – Adam Nevill
Loved- Pacing.

virginsuicides

The Virgin Suicides- Jeffery Euginides
Hated- Uninteresting.

wewereliars
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
Loved- Surprised.

kepnes
YOU- Caroline Kepnes
Hated– Lacking.

roanoakegirls
The Roanoke Girls- Amy Engle
Loved- Stakes.

hungerkatsu
The Hunger- Alma Katsu
Hated Slow

birdboxmalerman
Bird Box- Josh Malerman
Loved – Intense

childrenshome
The Children’s Home – Charles Lambert
Hated– Unfathomable change of direction.

Do you feel differently about my choices?
Which story endings do you love/hate most?

Tell me..

Author: Roxanne Michelle

Dramatic, curly-haired wannabe writer from a nowhere town in Somerset. Stop-starter of all projects great and small. Here to talk books, film, mental health and lifestyle.

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