Oh, you guys.
I feel like a very bad author these days.
I didn't realize how many kids would be so unhappy with an open ending. An ending that ends happily, with the character getting something she wants, but with a question that still remains.
I thought - oh, it's not really important to address that. Kids can imagine what happens, and they can see how happy she is just to have gotten there.
I am getting e-mail after e-mail after e-mail - kids wanting to know the same thing, and feeling a little disappointed and frustrated that the book ended too soon.
Yes, I have learned my lesson, and now I'm sharing it with all of you!! Because I would hate for you to feel like I do. Like this:
And all I can say is, I hope I get the chance to remedy the situation in the only way I know how!!
Hmmm. I always thought it was better to leave them wanting more! Keep those email addresses...so you can let them know when the sequel is coming out!ReplyDelete
I've always loved open endings, although my friends do complain about them. I love imagining all of the different ways things could actually end, and maybe it's because I write as well, but either way, I think you're doing a great job:)ReplyDelete
I've always loved an open ending too. I lvoe that there is the feeling that there is something more for the character then what is between the covers of the book, a secret if you will ;) Plus, it leaves it open for a sequel- which is NEVER a bad thing :)ReplyDelete
I prefer open endings to everything tied up tight. There's room for imagination.ReplyDelete
Are you sure these kids are upset and not just curious? I wish you could poll all the readers and find out if there are just as many who are happy with the ending.