I don't always love a happy ending. The journey of a story is only half the fun, and as we watch the characters struggle, suffer, and bleed (either literally or metaphorically), if the payoff isn't worth it, than the story could be ruined. The opposite is also true. If you have characters who don't sufficiently struggle, who never suffer, and rarely bleed, tying the resolution in a bow of feel goodiness is the dollar store version of high-priced writing. I want to see characters earn their happy ending.
A fellow Inker spoke to me about her resolution in a new project. She was worried a little because her story doesn't end on a traditional "happily ever after" complete with Prince Charming, white horse, picket fence, yadda, yadda, yadda. But it's good. Really good.
Many of us read because we like to escape, and sometimes having a happy ending is part of the fun. But I can say that my favorite books, the stories that have truly moved me, don't always end happily.
I remember as a young 16 year old high school student reading "1984" and feeling a sense of shock at the end. It wasn't happy. It wasn't tied in a bow of back pats and smiles. And I loved it. I thought of it often. The book made me look at things in a different way. That, my friends, is a STORY!
What endings do you love. Are there any resolutions that made you stop and go, wow? What endings have you not liked?