Have you ever been so invested in a series, but then felt let down by the way it ended? Have you ever felt personally victimised by the characters killed off by your favourite authors? Do you ever feel like there’s no happy medium between endings that are TOO PERFECT or where EVERYONE DIES? Well, I certainly have. And I’m angry.
Today I’m going to discuss some of the different types of endings I’ve come across, and why I don’t like them! It’s rare that series end EXACTLY THE WAY I WANT THEM TO, but some ‘classic endings’ infuriate me more than others. And then I’m going to tell you all about the most memorable endings to series in my reading history! TIME TO RELIVE ALL THE FEELS.
I’m not talking about, like, one main character and a few minor characters. I’m talking about LITERALLY EVERYONE. Especially the characters you loved most. It’s like the author was undecided on how to end the series, so they just killed EVERYONE. And that’s not okay, especially when it feels more like a cop-out and less like a planned decision. I’m a fan of death and destruction, but only in small doses. I’m not COMPLETELY evil.
Maybe I’m just a soulless Slytherin, but I just HATE it when epic series have overly happy endings. Like, there might be scenes and scenes of battles and deaths, civilians dropping like flies, but the main characters will remain untouched. I know it’s always hard to see your favourite characters die, but it also feels like I’ve been robbed when I’ve been taken on such an emotional journey. Give me death! Give me suffering! Give me heartbreak! Make me hate the author but love them at the same time, leaving me with an ending I’ll never forget.
AFTER SOMETHING LIKE 1000 PAGES, YOU EXPECT ME TO BE CONTENT NEVER KNOWING WHAT THE CHARACTERS WILL DO NEXT? I’d rather stab my eyes out, thanks. Like, you’ve got me invested in your story and your characters, and you won’t even give me the VITAL INFORMATION about how they’ll move forward? I CAN’T DEAL. Will that character in hospital actually survive? Will that person get into their dream college? Will the villain actually take over the world? I DEMAND DEETS.
After what I just said about open endings, you’d assume I like neatly tied-up endings would be my thing, right? But have you ever come across a series that ends with all the characters paired off together and we know their life plan for the next seven years? Sometimes things are just left where we can theorise about how the rest of their lives will pan out. Maybe they won’t stay with their partner forever. Maybe things won’t always be peaceful. But as long as I have some of an idea about what happens beyond the final page, I’ll be satisfied.
Most memorable endings to series…
I read this when I was, like, 14… AND I’M STILL NOT OVER IT. I know some people were really happy with the way this series ended, but I’M NOT ONE OF THEM. No spoilers, but the way Cassie Clare ended Clockwork Princess felt like somewhat of a cop-out. Am I the only one who felt like Cassie wanted to please all readers with this ending? I was expecting it to be WAY MORE PAINFUL, like a stab to the chest, but it ended up being like a pinprick to my thumb. MY SLYTHERIN SOUL IS UNSATISFIED. But then again, if Cassie kills off my faves in Queen of Air and Darkness, I’ll never forgive her.
I’M STILL TRAUMATISED. I just… still can’t fathom why Veronica Roth thought killing off that character was a good idea. AND THEN THE TWO CHARACTERS THAT LOWKEY GOT TOGETHER IMMEDIATELY AFTER? I’m shook. I just can’t deal with this series because of that ending. I honestly enjoyed the first two books, but that ending RUINED it for me. This book wanted to be emotionally impactful, but I feel like the death scene is part of what gave me abandonment issues. Just kidding. Mostly.
I’m not going to lie, I ALWAYS SHIPPED KATNISS AND GALE. Okay, I’m just going to go ahead and spoil this one because it’s pretty much impossible to not know how it ends now. Last warning to stop reading… OKAY, SO LIKE, KATNISS AND PEETA HAD KIDS? WHY. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that I hate children, but Peeta was VERY MURDEROUS at one stage. I get that he was brainwashed and whatnot, but SERIOUSLY. HE COULD JUST SNAP ONE DAY AND KILL KATNISS AND THEIR KIDS. It’s honestly not worth it. And when you have that hunk Liam Hemsworth as Gale? You’re seriously going to get with Peeta over him? Whatever, I guess I can claim Gale then.
IT LITERALLY SAYS WHAT HAPPENS IN THE TITLE. BUT DID I THINK ADAM SILVERA WOULD REALLY DO THAT TO US? NO. You can tell I’m still furious about this. The whole novel I was thinking that somehow, at least ONE of the characters would come out of that narrative alive. I was crying from page one and left staring at a blank wall for three hours after I’d turned the final page. I think this book broke me. I’ve never been the same since.
This is one of the finales to a series that I’ve mostly blocked from my memory because it’s too painful to think about. I’m not going to spoil anything because there are a ton of people out there who haven’t gotten around to reading this series yet — YES, I’M LOOKING AT YOU. READ IT. While the ending of this novel made me reread the chapter to make sure I read it right, then sobbed for an entire evening, I’m not angry at V.E. Schwab like I have been at other authors who’ve killed off my favourite people. Possibly because Victoria is my queen and she could never do anything to make me love and respect her any less. But THAT ENDING. You’d better be emotionally prepared.
What are some of your favourite endings to series? Which series still has you shook? Raise your hand if you were personally victimised by Allegiant. Leave me a comment down below and we can talk all about (not so) happy endings!