Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Titanic=HEA? Not in my book!
I was having a group discussion the other day with a bunch of readers and writers. We ended up on the subject of happily ever after and what all our idea of an HEA is. Now I will be the first to admit, I am a traditional HEA kind of girl. I want to know the couple is together at the end. That they're in love and will...well live happily ever after. I mean, we get enough real life in real life. I don't need it in my books too. Like many, part of the reason I read is escapism. I don't mind a little angst and pain along the way, but in the end, I want it tied up in a nice pretty bow for me.
One of the women I was chatting with said she DOES consider "Titanic" a HEA in a way. In her book, better to have loved and lost...is a form of HEA. I will be one to admit I loved Titanic. Cried my eyes out but loved the movie. Did Rose ever regret meeting and loving Jack? Nope. Was her life better off because of him? Yep. Did she take his love with her throughout her life? You bettcha. Was it a HEA? Not in my book. I get what she is saying in a way, but...no. LOL. I want a way for the couple to be together. I don't want all they fight for to be for nothing. It just seems wrong to me and honestly, leaves me feeling cold inside when I'm done reading. I get very emotionally invested in the story I'm reading if its a really good book and it would honestly leave me depressed if in the end, they couldn't be together.
Do you need a HEA? What do you see as a HEA? Titanic? The Notebook?