As I sort of touched on in my last book review, I’ve come to notice that so many novels have been resolving everything that went wrong during the story by the end. It’s as if after the book is over, everything that gave the characters meaning, conflict or adversity has been solved and they can go on to live completely happy but boring existences. I have never really noticed how much I disliked this until I began brainstorming for my latest novel.
So you understand my crazy brain, I’ll give you a made-up example (not related to any current book in anyway):
Girl’s parents hate guy, girls schooling is too expensive to pay for, girl gets guy but has trust issues, girl pushes guy away and he moves out of state, girl was supposed to get promotion at work but coworker stole her project, etc.
Then by the end of the book the character suddenly is the most well rounded, responsibly stable and put together human being recorded in American History.
Girl’s parents realize guy isn’t so bad, girl finds out she can get full ride scholarship, girl learns she must trust despite past experiences, guy comes back because he realizes he loves her, coworkers cheating is brought to light, etc.
I just at some point would like that a few of these things not be resolved. Give the reader some hope for the characters future. Yes, she may still have problems but the main conflict surrounding the book has been resolved. Maybe in some ways there is no future for certain parts in her life.
Girl’s parents still dislike guy but are willing to be cordial, girl still can’t afford to go to school but the new promotion at work (due to coworkers cheating being brought to light) will go along way toward paying off her debt after she withdrew and for final resolution despite her trust issues guy comes back into her life and is willing to help her unseal her guarded heart.
BAM!!! Now, I don’t know if you guys have ever thought of it this way, would want it to be this way or IF YOU EVEN CARE but I think I like the third a lot better than the second. I can finish this book knowing that the love story will continue, the guy (who has come back into her life) can eventually warm up to her parents and she had some resolution with school and work. I don’t all of a sudden feel like she figured her entire life out in 269 pages.
Granted, I said my crazy brain because I obviously think so hardcore about stuff like this. Let me know your thoughts! Have you ever noticed this in romance novels? Does it bug you or does it not matter?
Much Peace and Love,