What are your thoughts on tragic endings in books/movies?
Depends on how much you relate to the charachters, like or sympathize with them. Mine would be why did it have to end like that? I remember when I finished reading Three comrades by Erih Mariah Remarque, I cried and got stuck with its ending for a while :-).
I have always found myself unsettled by tragic endings , perhaps its a good thing though to remind us that, That's life.
I am so relentlessly positive I always find them unsettling.When they seem inappropriately tagged on I get more annoyed. But sometimes a good tragedy is far more memorable than a 'happily ever after' and makes sense for the story and its trajectory. I doubt if I can ever write a proper tragic ending... but one never knows!
In reading a good book or watching a movie, you always hope for a happy ending. The realities of life prove that tragic endings do exist and are portrayed in books and movies..
I actually really appreciate them. If a book is really tragic, to the point where I end up crying, then I feel really calm afterwards because it's cathartic.
You can't appreciate the good without the bad!
Having a happy ending is always a good thing. It's what folks expect. Problem is, so many stories are getting worked with tragic endings to the point where it's become expected, and then passe.
Twists to endings - that's the ticket! How about this: The city is burning, the heroes are fighting for their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Things are looking bleak and our friends are falling one by one. The enemy and it's reinforcements are about to succeed, tearing the planet a new orifice. The main hero fights desperately, thoughts of his beautiful family gong through his head, yet he still fights a losing battle. Suddenly without any warning whatsoever - Henry Winkler bursts onto the scene with a super weapon, reinforcements, and several crockpots of little smokies in Barbeque sauce. He fires his weapons, which, surprisingly sounds very much like a bean fart and fires little explosive marshmallow peeps. Instead of saving the hero, he lays waste to everybody and sets up a new government called "Winklerton."
See, left field isn't so bad. Although the orderlies are here to administer my medication. Squee!
I'm a happy endings person for sure, in fact I am usually anticipating the happy ending during the movie and expect that it will happen, so I can get a bit disgruntled when it doesn't happen.
You could say I am predictable.
I probably subconsciously choose happy endings types of books to read and movies to see.
by Eugene Hardy 5 years ago
Do good movies have to have good endings?I just saw a good and well made movie, a suspense, science fiction, end of the world as we know it kind of movie, where it ends and almost all the actors, well, die is not right word, but you get the picture. Why I post this question is because there...
by Origin 8 years ago
Why do people like tragedies in movies, books, etc? I usually prefer happy movies with happy endings, perhaps I'm just a sucker for happiness or something. But really, why do people like unhappy endings where people die, or loss of love, etc?
by Tessa Schlesinger 23 months ago
I am increasingly dropping an email to authors whose books either end on a hook or which, with a view to getting their readers to buy their next book, leave half the threads in the story unfinished. This does not make for a satisfactory ending.It seems that all the basics of a good book have now...
by Audrey Selig 7 years ago
If I tell tragic story - happy ending about distant relative and change names do I need permission?
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