Update: I am back in the land of internet! This means I’ve caught up on all the lovely comments and emails and Tweets and…okay, I really need to visit all your lovely blogs. I’m working on it! I’m armed with chocolate from the Sydney Royal Easter Show. While I was away at my grandparents’ place, I also read three books and broke my glasses. Whoops.
Today I want to talk about serieseses. I never know how to write the plural for it. Series’? With the apostrophe thing? Anyway.
It all started with How I Met Your Mother. So obviously today’s post will feature How I Met Your Mother GIFS.
(I mean, really, could there BE a more perfect GIF?)
The reason I’m using How I Met Your Mother as an example is because of the uproar at the ending. I haven’t actually seen the ending yet, so don’t worry – no spoilers here. But if you haven’t heard about it, basically? Everyone hates it.
And it made me think about book series’, and the pressure on authors to please fans as well as stay true to their original intentions. I mean, that’s hard work. I get that. But sometimes I just wish I’d never read the series in the first place, because the ending is so awful. It’s like, oh yeah, this is pretty awesome, OH COOL, this is going really well. You buy the last book and…wow, okay, this is not good. This is not good at all. I’m looking at you, Allegiant.
So what does an author owe their fans? How much should that be taken into account? In the case of How I Met Your Mother, it had been going on a long time. People were invested in the characters and the story. But from what I read about the ending, it seems like the writers were almost manipulating the audience.
Which isn’t cool. Here’s what I want in an ending to a series.
– I want things to be resolved. Not necessarily everything – I don’t mind open endings.
– I want there to have been development of the characters. Character development is incredibly important no matter what type of story, and I think that was one of the main downfalls of How I Met Your Mother’s finale.
Okay, so it doesn’t have to be heart-wrenching or deliriously happy, but I’d like to FEEL something about these characters I’m so invested in.
– It preserves the integrity of the series. Okay so I sound nerdy writing this. But seriously! You can’t create an entire series and then completely turn it around and do something completely different. I think this was kind of where the Divergent trilogy failed for me – I loved the first book, but then the next two didn’t follow on enough for my liking.
– It doesn’t change main characters! I’m talking about The Last Dragon Chronicles here.
The first few books were fantastic. Then they got…well, kind of awful. It completely changed into different worlds and ideas, and it was nothing like the first books at all. It was like the author had merged a different idea into the last few books.
I don’t actually read series’ all that often. Contemporary YA books are often one-offs, and that’s my favourite genre. But when the end of a series is everything I wanted, that is an amazing feeling. That book hangover when you finish the last page and just wish there was more…fangirling with other book-lovers…wanting to erase it from your mind so you can experience it all over again…those are great feelings.
What do you want to see in the ending of a series?