A while back I got the idea for a new December blog series so I’m starting it today! This new series is called “All I want for Christmas is” and then I’m going to talk about more topics or characters, or whatever, I want in books.
Today I’m stating with something a lot of you might find strange, but All I Want for Christmas is more books that don’t have happy endings!
Don’t get me wrong… I love a happy ending when the time is right or something particularly traumatising has happened to a character, but I feel like a lot of the time, authors, writers, or directors create scenarios for a happy ending out of thin air where it would have simply been better to leave a situation open. Or sometimes, in my own dark twisted way, I would just prefer for a killer to not get caught or for someone to not escape the clutches of evil… is that fucked up? Probably, but so is life, where that kind of thing happens so often, apparently something that’s completely forgotten about in fiction.
I guess most members of public would prefer a happy ending, but I personally LOVE an ambiguous ending in books and movies. No spoilers, but one of my favourite horror/thriller movies ends with everyone dying and this is one of the reasons I love it so much. I remember the time I saw the movie and I was blown away by the shocker of an ending!
This is not to say I want loads more books or movies with bad endings because then the effect of it would wear off, I just wish there were a few more. It would just be nice if there were more authors who would allow for a darker, more realistic conclusion to crime stories.
So there we have it, that’s the start of this Christmas series! What do you wish there was more of in fiction?
Have you read any great books where the bad guy(s) get away with it?