How's It Going to End?
If you've never seen The Truman Show with Jim Carrey, I highly recommend that you go and watch it. Right now. I'll wait.
Did you watch it? Wasn't it awesome? And how about that ending?
Endings are important for books (and movies). A truly good ending can make you happy for days -- and a bad ending can leave you feeling angry, cheated, and possibly ready to storm an author's house with torches and pitchforks *coughStephenKingWizardAndGlasscough*. So, as an author, I take endings very seriously.
Right now, endings are on my mind because I'm right at the beginning of a shiny new novel, and everything about it is awesome and amazing and exciting (for now -- that will change when I get to the middle, but at the moment I'm loving the book). And, for perhaps the first time in all my novel-writing years... I have no idea how it's going to end.
Oh, I have a vague concept that the main character will somehow triumph over adversity. But that's all I got. This is slightly worrying.
He might just kill everyone. And then all get to write the epic final line: And everyone died. The end.
But that just isn't a satisfying ending.
So I've been contemplating truly great endings in the hopes that one of them will spark a fabulous wrap-up for Shiny New Book. Here's what I have so far:
Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz -- okay, so this one was unexpected and made me... emotional. Very, very emotional. But once I stopped weeping, I realized that the book had to end the way it did, and I was satisfied. Mostly. If I ever meet Dean Koontz, I might smack him a little. But then I'd be okay.
Night Watch, Terry Pratchett -- I absolutely adore Pratchett, and this one is my all-time favorite Discworld novel. Yes, it's got a lot to do with Vetinari being a primary character, and being terribly Vetinari-ey throughout, but the ending has a lot to do with it, too. It's masterfully done, with everything wrapped up and accounted for.
The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan -- Yeah, it's a movie. But the ending is epic. EPIC. I adore being completely surprised... and I loved the way that, when this movie was in theaters, absolutely no one talked about it after they watched it. The ending was that good. Even the mean-spirited people didn't want to ruin it.
What are some of your favorite endings? And if you don't mind... would you tell my how my book is going to end? I'm still lost.