Hello all… back again with the topic of happily ever after…vs happy for now. I have studied many books on this topic. I have over-thunk it so many times… I keep coming back to the same thought. Happy for now is just not good enough. You as a reader have invested all that time and you don’t even get to see the happy ending.
So we as writers have to make it worth your while. If no marriage at end. Do they move in together? Everyone has there own theory on relationships. Successful and otherwise. Even though my characters are fictional. I need to make sure they realistically have the relationship of there dreams. Not rainbows and unicorns. Real life hopes and dreams. Goals together. A solid foundation.
I have seen love portrayed in countless movies, and television. Some do a great job of showing the ups and downs, the laughter and the tears. Most however are two demential without enough realistic indications…of actual life. Dramatic life altering decisions with happy ending in an hour. This is always disappointing to me.
I remember this one show…started out great… main character wakes up after an explosion… she having no memory of event … yet being prime suspect…great hook right? Then for the remainder of the season it’s a series of flashbacks and who she is sleeping with? Wtf? I stopped watching…I have no idea if they found the real bomber or not. I have the same reaction when a book does this to me. I want to see serious situations with real consequences. Real relationships struggling. Not who she’s sleeping with now.
So what I am saying is… happily ever after is that satisfying conclusion to all the work this couple has done throughout the book to succeed as individuals and as a couple. They are better together. Not just as lovers, as friends, coworkers, business partners…you pick the trope. Happy for now is a cop out. Give me the ending those two people deserve. It is what I strive for as a writer.
That is all I have for tonight friends! Writing and life are a work in progress…(just like me)😉