Do you like a conclusive endings, or open-ended ones? Either ways when you start the story you’re bound to reach the end. Ending is ultimate goal, right? It’s where all stories are heading to. And so, we—or I guess me who is a type of reader that nit-picks the ending. BUT! Yes there’s a big but there, it all depends on the story. There are certain stories that I want a more conclusive, solid ending. With all the loose ends tied together in a pretty pink ribbon. But I don’t oppose those that fit the open-ended ending, where readers are get to tease the future of our faves! We don’t know what’s in store for them. We can only guess.
But the question really is, do endings really need to resolve everything?
As we read, more of the plot is unraveled. There are more conflicts, more characters introduced, villains, plot twist—all the nine yards! Of course, as a reader I want each of those, if possible, wrap up clearly when the story concluded. If you’re like me who heavily invests when she reads, then you can sympathize my struggles to know what happens to my faves afterwards. Furthermore I prefer if conflicts presented are resolved as the story progresses or as it ends. But I guess not all stories fits a period after the last sentence. Sometimes it could be ellipses…a mark to show the future that we can only imagine for them. Something beyond the author’s capable hands. When story is out there, it’s everyone’s story…everyone’s interpretation (a great topic next time! watch out for that!)
This, I guess is expected? I want ending to be solid, conclusive. Not a tons of questions marks, sometimes with exclamation marks (you must be wondering what’s all with punctuation mark references, I don’t know either ) but there are stories that meant to stop, even though it feels like it still has more to go. One of my favorite josei manga 春の呪い (Curse of Spring) by 小西明日翔 was very short. It had a darker feel to it that dealt about death and love. The end of the story felt more like the beginning (actually it is the beginning for them). Like everything that has happened up to the point where it ended was huge prologue. Yet, when it was over, it felt right. To me it has to end there because that was the perfect way to end it. This isn’t those series that got axed or had an abrupt ending for cheap shock value but it ended because it was the right time to put the word “the end” at the last page. Those open-ended, often, if not always raise more questions. And to reader’s disappointment, we can only guess what’s next or theorize what’s really happened. In a way I find it thrilling and smart to pull a cliffhanger that feels like a real ending (gahhh~ I’m not making sense, hope you get my point ). I don’t criticize if it’s done well. If it sincerely feels right.
So the real answer to the real questions is no, I don’t mind if everything isn’t resolved by the end of the story. Sometimes ending poses as new beginnings, leaving things on the air. Uncertainty doesn’t mean sloppy or bad, at least the way it presented still matters here. Again, it depends…