Welcome to Discussions at Dawn. This is where I will talk about hot button issues, book related topics, and other things I find interesting.
Cliffhangers: Yay or Nay?
As readers we all know about those dreaded or not so dreaded cliffhangers that befall us at the end of books. Majority of the time it will happen at the end of a book from a series, but the agony of having to wait for the next book in the series is dreadful. On one hand I love cliffhangers but on the other hand I hate them so much! So let’s discuss them:
YAY: Builds Excitement
You’ve reached the final chapter of your highly anticipated read of the week and you’re expecting an explosive ending, but what you get is even better. You get the most exciting cliffhanger you have ever read. You slam the book and immediately fly to twitter to talk about it (no spoilers of course).
That’s pretty much me every time I read an exciting cliffhanger. I just have to tell everyone and anyone to jump on board and bask in the awesomeness. I am now more pumped about the sequel then I should be considering I usually have a year to wait for it. But that’s OK… I’ll just keep re-reading that ending!
NAY: Hits the Feels
But OMG. My love of all characters is in a particularly horrible situation. Why author, why?? You throw the book across the room in frustration and sadness. That cannot be how this book ends. What happens next? I need to know!!
Yes, cliffhangers are awesome most of the time. But when you get a cliffhanger like this one, it really makes me dislike them. I’d rather have an exciting cliffhanger, then a cliffhanger that hits my feels!
YAY: Adds Depth and Interest
I cannot believe that just happened! This opens up so many doors for the story to go in. I must go theorize what I think will happen next. Let me go write some fan-fiction to fill this void of waiting.
A cliffhanger that adds more depth, intrigue and hype up my interest in reading a sequel is a good cliffhanger. Those are the ones that I enjoy the most.
NAY: Very Little Patience
No, no, no, no, no! Do not end this way. No! It is not fair for you to make me wait for a year. You are dampening my enjoyment of the series. I cannot believe this!
I’ve been told have a good amount of patience inside me… but not when it comes to reading. I don’t want to wait a whole year to read a sequel. It stresses me out not being able to know what happens next in a book. Oh the agony!
So all in all, I really do enjoy cliffhangers. Honestly. Some may be frustrating, but I have thick skin and short memory, so I get over it quickly. A good cliffhanger will stick with you though. Those are the ones that excite me the most. What are your opinions on cliffhangers? Let me know down below!
Until next time,