Monday, June 3, 2013

The Cliffhanger ending

Okay, I've had enough with cliffhanger endings!  Last week I shared NEW LANDS by Geoff Rodkey, but I hadn't finished it yet. Well, I did (wow, some major revelations, but I don't wait to spoil it for anyone) and it ended with a cliffhanger. And from what I've seen on the Chronicles of Egg website, I have to wait almost a year before the final book in the series, BLUE SEA BURNING, is released. Yikes! 

At least with TV shows, you know they will be back in the fall. I don't know about you, but it seems like the shows that I like felt it was their duty this year to leave as many story lines dangling as possible. Will Becket choose Castle or the job offer? Will Deeks survive being tortured, and what about Kensi??? What will be the aftermath of Deacon and Rayna's car crash?

In thinking it over, that shows the great ability of a good story and memorable characters, whether in a book or TV show, to pull you in, to have a "Voice" that is so powerful it overtakes you. That is my goal in my writing, to have an authentic Voice that pulls the reader in and won't let them go until they have finished reading. What about you, do you agree? Is the overall Voice of a manuscript the most important aspect?