Miracle of miracle, friends: I am writing an actual blog post, woooo! Anyway, this particular topic is brought to you by this post,which was inspired by this post telling me why it’s cool if George RR Martin never finishes A Song of Fire & Ice. Because look, my first response was “oh hell no”, followed by some open-mindedness, then back to a resounding and hard nope.
Because I asked myself: Have I ever liked an open-ending in a book? And the answer was that no, no I did not. But lots of them did make me stabby!
Now, lots of times, there are reasons for open endings. And that’s fine! But I mean, pretty much every time I am going to have a reason for not being on board, just saying. So here are some of those reasons, and my clapback, as you do.
Okay, look homie. If I was able to “use my imagination” that well, I’d be writing books myself (you know, without thinking “wow, no idea how this will end 🤔). But alas, I can’t. Because my imagination is… well it isn’t great. So I don’t really want to have to come up with my own explanation for how a war ended, or who ended up with who, or whatever. I just paid someone $17 to tell me.
Incidentally, I also think there’s something to be said for an aspect of a book/show/movie being canonically part of the story. Like, we all have our favorite “wish XYZ would have happened” in all forms of media. You don’t like who Katniss ended up with, you don’t like who died in Harry Potter and Whatever the Seventh Book is Called (shhh I am only on Book 5, no spoilers!), etc. And you can pretend in your own mind that these things are different! But they aren’t, and you are quite aware that they aren’t part of the canon. This is why we Bellarke shippers carry anti-Becho signs. So if there is no canon… we are confused little fanpeople, right?
I mean, okay, but they owe us a story, right? Which, by it’s actual description, has an end? Which you can argue could be an open ending! You’d be right I guess but then I’d ask if an ending can actually be open by definition, and we could go around and around until the end of time. So let us go ahead and pretend you won, for the sake of argument.
The thing is, even if they don’t owe us a particular ending (and I agree that they don’t, but we won’t get back into that), I also don’t have to like the ending, right?
I don’t want that! Who wants that!? No thank you please. Is anything more frustrating than thinking a series is ending, only… maybe it now isn’t? Plus, let’s be real. In publishing, there is no guarantee whatsoever. So you may *think* you’re coming back for book 4 or 400, but… who knows. I am still waiting on some actual series to be finished that may, at this point, not ever be. Publishing, you heartless bitch.
Plus, it isn’t necessary. You can end a particular plot and storyline while still being able to return to a world/characters. There’s not really a compelling reason to not end a thing on the possibility of maybe, but that’s just my opinion.
I mean, that’s true. And I also am not a fan of endings that wrap everything up in a pretty little bow, so I agree! But like- certain points in life are wrapped up, right? Like- when you are finished with school, there’s a chapter that is closing. Or whatever. I am going to bring up Mockingjay again because it’s seriously just such a good example. There was plenty of stuff left open. Because life goes on. But did it wrap up the immediate story of the Games and the rebellion? You betcha! And that is all I am asking- tell Shannon what happens to the immediate plot. That’s it. I don’t need to know what kind of sweater the MC was knitting in her nursing home, just let me know how the story wraps up!
And you’re right! Sadie is actually an example of one that it makes quite a bit of sense to end in an open way. However, just because it is fitting, there is no rule that says I cannot be a petulant toddler who wants a more closed ending. Sue me.
Well, I’ll give you this one. Sometimes they do. And let’s be real, isn’t that the real reason GoT fans are running scared? Dude is not getting any younger. 🤷♀️