Cliffhangers

Hi folks,

I’d seriously like your opinion on cliffhangers.  Now, I have no problem with a long story arc that continues over several books, TV episodes, or movie series, but I have to say, this trend of ending every book , episode, or movie with a cliffhanger really rubs my fur the wrong way.

As you know, when I write a series there is a long story arc, but each book in the series ends with a resolution to the current problem for the main characters.  Yes, they know there will be more to face, but for the moment all is well, the reader can catch a breather before heading into the next adventure.

The Children of the Goddess series is a prime example of what I’m saying.  That one begins here:

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Personally, if a book I’m reading ends in a cliffhanger I’ll toss it and not read the rest of the series.

So, what are your thoughts on this?  Don’t be shy, tell me what you think, as a writer I kinda need to know this stuff, right?

Until next time

Pru

5 thoughts on “Cliffhangers

  1. Actually I’m with you on this. Cliff hangers can be very frustrating when reading because you never know “when” the next book is coming. Same with movies or tv series. I just watched Alita: Battle Angel and it was awesome but it wasn’t a cliff hanger. It resolved at the end and you just know there will be a sequel. I like my books to resolve at the end. Not that they solve every problem but the main one that carried you through the story has a ending. Knowing that there is more that needs to be accomplished is fine as long as the main leaves the reader with resolution on what carried them there in the first place.

    1. Exactly, Skip. We were watching the Flash and every time it was a cliffhanger. If I’d been trying to watch when it originally came out it would have driven me mad. Thanks for checking in. 🙂

  2. I think, if the book is ‘complete’ and then perhaps you add another chapter that has the beginning of the next book as it’s cliffhanger, making you want to continue with the stories, then that is good. Yes, some people detest cliff-hangers, but others, that can make them WANT to read through the entire series.

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