Hi dear friends,
I am back this Thursday with a small discussion topic: do you need a HEA when you read a book?
And does it depend of the genre you are reading?
As often with my discussion posts, this all started from a conversation with a follower who also is a friend and author. I posted a home made teaser for Jersey Six by Jewel E Ann with the caption that “This book annihilates everything.”.
My friend’s reply was : “But does it have a happy ending?“ And she added : “If it doesn’t, it’s not romance, lol. I’ve read way too many sad books. I can’t deal with that anymore.“
And it made me think about my own reading preferences!
As I read romance I need a HEA ….most of the time.
The books that leave the strongest impression and stay in my mind for years are often the ones without HEA!
I won’t give titles here because obviously I would spoil these stories for you if you have not read them but these books generally left me with huge book hangovers!
Don’t think now that I always want a sad ending because that’s so NOT the case!
But sometimes, having one of the main MC and romantic interest dying at the end or having an open ending fits the story better. A happy ending would not have felt adequate for the book. And I can live with it even if it usually takes me days (some years) to recover.
What I can’t stand at all, like I-want-to-skin-the-author-alive are gratuitous deaths.
Some books (dystopian and sci fi among the best known) ended up with the female MC being killed as she sacrificed herself and I swear it was totally unnecessary! It was “just for the sake of it”. Someone else could have done it and the plot would still have been solid.
These endings I can’t tolerate!
Now on a last parting word: of course if you read some genres like horror, you know that people (usually some main characters) will get killed. I think (but I am looking to you my friends fans of horror) often you won’t have a happy ending or rather a half happy ending but it “goes with the genre”. Yes? No?
So do tell me: do you need HEA? Does it depend from the genre you are reading? Are there death you can’t tolerate?
Thanks for reading