The End of a Book by Elizabeth Goddard

My son recently finished reading Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. He loved the story but he said it made him feel sad that the book had ended. Funny that we continue to read when we’re immersed in a story—to pull from Maureen’s earlier post—only to rush to the end. It comes all too soon, especially if we love the story.

Many times I feel a little down like my son because I finished a great novel, and I wanted to spend more time in that world.

Too often when I finish a novel, I’m not sad but rather frustrated because the ending was rushed. As one friend put it, she wants a long, savory ending. Reviewers and readers alike complain when there isn’t an adequate and lengthy ending, but often the ending can’t fade out like music because of the word count limits or requirements of the publisher. There are ways around this, of course, and that is to cut words elsewhere in the story to give more breathing room at the end. But most of the time cutting back on another element isn’t a good solution either.

Have you read books where you felt the ending was a little rushed? Or are you the type of reader that’s ready to put the novel down as soon as the mystery is solved?


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