Monday, November 06, 2006

Happily Ever After

Most YA authors will say that while a YA novel doesn't have to have a happy ending, it must give the reader a sense of hope. And I almost always agree with that...except in the case of Rhombus.

I got the edits on Rhombus last week, but I knew I had to change the ending before I received them. And I agree with my editor and everyone else that's read the novel - I tried to tie up too many loose strings at the end of the novel. It isn't realistic.

I think the reason I want things to end up happily is less about Rhonda (my MC) and more about the person that I want her to forgive. As much as I relate to Rhonda in the novel, there's someone else I relate to a lot more. And if I were that person, I would give anything to be forgiven in the way that Rhonda currently forgives him in the novel.

I really, really want things to end happily for Rhonda and for everyone else in the novel. And the characters will end up being happy...just not by the time the novel ends.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Paula said...

::raising my hand::

I'm very guilty of wanting/liking happy endings. But only for my own books. When I read I don't expect them. Heck, I'm a die hard Stephen King fan, and a happy ending in his book just means at least one person gets left alive....ummm...ususally with their life in shambles!

So I know whatever ending you choose will be right for the book, happy or otherwise.

11/17/2006 8:11 PM  
Blogger Brent Hartinger said...

Interesting. And yeah, I guess it's not necessarily about "happy" or "hopeful" so much as it is about being...satisfying somehow?

Yup, and "realistic" matters too.

12/05/2006 10:40 PM  

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