Wednesday, October 27, 2010
How much closure is needed?
I finished a book this weekend (yay for me! LOL). It's the first book in a planned two book series. Book one tells one couples story and book two will be two of their friends. The friends play big roles in book one and you can definitely feel the tension between them. You know there is something going on, but at the end of book one, one of them is really hurt by something the other did. It wasn't anything intentional. Just a misunderstanding of sorts, but it left one of the characters feeling pretty broken hearted.
I sent the book to one of my readers and because she rocks like that, she already got the book back to me. She wasn't real sure about how I left things off with the secondary characters. Even though they will hopefully get a book of their own, she thought they needed some kind of closure in this book just so she, as a reader, knows things are kind of going to be okay with them. Not that they'll get together, but that the air is clear. Leaving things the way I did, she felt too bummed for the characters.
It got me thinking about how much closure we really need for secondary characters who will hopefully have their own book down the road. Do we need any at all? I know it's kind of a hard question since you don't know the details of the book, but how do you feel about a cliffie ending for secondary characters? Especially if they're friends who will possibly be more in the future. Does it set up the tension well for the next book, or just annoy you that you have to wait for any kind of reconciliation between them?