"I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die." ~ Isaac Asimov

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tell Me Something Tuesday

This week's question: Do you like cliffhanger endings in books?

My first response to this is a resounding NO. I get frustrated whenever there is a cliffhanger and I have to wait months for the next book to find out what happens next. The most recent book I had that happen to me with was City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. At the end, I was left wondering what will happen to Jace and Sebastian - and I still have three months to wait for City of Lost Souls!

Having said all of that, I have to admit I've used the cliffhanger ending in my writing. The endings of the first two books in my Mason Ridge trilogy both leave the reader hanging and wanting more. In Losing Control (book 1), I did it to ensure the readers want more of the story. To leave off where I did, after everything the main character had to go through, well, it felt like the right thing to do. The reader thinks the villain has gained the upper hand. In Losing Heart (book 2), I left off at a place that left the reader feeling like all was lost. A tragic accident befalls the main character, leaving the other characters and the reader to think she has perished. I know, kinda mean, right? ;)

So, I guess my answer is yes and no. I don't like to read them, but I do like to use them. How about you? Do you like cliffhangers? Do you use them? If yes, why?

Happy Tuesday!

1 comment:

  1. Well as a writer I like you think that cliffhangers are really effective writing tools when done right. :-) I use them sometimes but I try not to leave to many other unanswered questions that would leave the reader wondering about a bunch of stuff cause thats just annoying.
    As a reader I admit I get really mad sometimes especially when there is a HUGE wait for the next book. ;-) Great answer thanks for being part of the meme!!