A Novel Ending?

DiscussionsWhich Novel Has The Best Ending?

The beginning of any book is important. That first sentence is used to draw your reader into your story, but it’s usually the ending of the book that stays with me. The great ones have you thinking about them long after you’ve read that last page and put the book down.

The Hunger Games is one example. A surprising ending (especially with the changes in power. I don’t want to give too much away,) and as a consequence, one that I am still thinking about and I finished that in the middle of last year.

I adored the ending to PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. I was sad that Gerry was gone but optimistic that Holly was going to be OK.

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood was another powerful ending for me. I read that when I was sixteen (half a lifetime ago,) and I am still thinking about it.

The end of Harry Potter though has stayed with me because I didn’t like it so much (which is sad.) Don’t get me wrong, I love the series and I can understand why she ended it the way she did but I found it a little underwhelming toward the end.

Finally, I don’t think I will ever be able to think about the reading I did in my childhood without thinking of Charlotte’s Web and how bittersweet the ending was and how much I cried.

Endings can be just as powerful as beginnings. What ending of a novel is your favourite? Is there one that has stuck with you? One that you didn’t like?

 

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Laura
I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

10 Responses to A Novel Ending?

  • Joely Badger says:

    The ending to the Mockingjay is also one of my all time favorites.

    I know that a lot of rubbish is put on J K Rowling’s 19 years later epilogue for Harry Potter, but honestly, would we have been satisfied with the final words of the series being centred around Harry thinking about sandwiches? No. I for one loved the hearing about Harry getting the family and the happy life he’d always wanted.

    • Laura says:

      Very true. 🙂
      I am wondering whether I actually need to read it again. I did want to get through it as I was excited to read it.

  • Carol Peace says:

    I was frustrated with the ending in Appletree yard. I loved the book but the end was very rushed and no real explanation of how they got to it.

  • Laura says:

    Happy endings are my favourite. I can remember reading the ending of From Notting Hill with Love Actually by Ali McNamara just just feeling incredibly happy. xx

  • Jan Brigden says:

    I’m a sucker for happy endings and get very frustrated by those which leave you ‘hanging’ thinking, “well, what the hell was that all about then?” I’ve recently read Gone Girl and absolutely loved the novel itself but was ‘slightly’ frustrated by the ending. Then again, it could be me … ha! Great post! 🙂 Xx

  • Helen says:

    The ending to Hunger Games is good (speaking of which, I’ve just started Mockingjay!).

    Me Before You is brillaint. I sobbed my heart out uncontrollably when I finished that. Brilliant.

    The Time Traveller’s Wife. The love she had that carries on all those years…

    Requiem by Lauren Oliver is another brilliant one, because its so unexpected, and how she’s going to react keeps getting to me, I’m so excited about reading the final, Pandemonium.

    I’m sure there’s more I love and I’ll pop back when I remember them…

    Great topic. When I finish a book I dont remember the beginning, but if its a good ending it will stay with me.

    • Laura says:

      I thought the end of Mockingjay was great. I couldn’t get on with The Time Traveller’s Wife for some reason.
      I am the same. Ends stay with me a lot me too.

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