You know when you’re reading a really awesome book, and you think “okay, I have about 20 pages left, this means that everything’s going to be okay“, and then those 20 pages are actually acknowledgments and you’re left in the middle of a situation and you’re feeling like:
I mean if you’ve never felt this, then you’re probably not reading correctly, lol. But in all seriousness, cliffhangers are the simultaneously the BEST and WORSE thing you can experience while reading. It’s the best thing, because it means “YAY NEW BOOK”, but the worse because “OMG HOW CAN I POSSIBLY WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR?!”.
I appreciate a well-written cliffhanger. I love it when it’s a cliffhanger that actually makes sense. A cliffhanger does not abruptly stop the story. A cliffhanger is an unexpected twist that occurs when you thought the story was over. At least, that’s how I define it.
I really dislike cliffhangers that serve no purpose whatsoever other than to sell another book. If you do this, I will lose respect for you. Dear authors: please don’t do this. Please.
One of the first cliffhangers I’ve experienced was with the book She’s So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott. I was really engrossed with the story, and by the ending there had occurred a really huge plot twist. I thought “it couldn’t possibly get any worse”, then suddenly, the VERY LAST LINE of the book, which is composed of only two words, was the biggest plot twist I could have ever thought to encounter. That killed me. It was excruciatingly painful. And yet, it made me enjoy the book even more.
Cliffhangers can really make or break a story. In my case, they make the story better (most of the time). For some people, cliffhangers are the worst possible thing that could happen to them.
What about you? Do you like cliffhangers in your books? Or do you just try to avoid them altogether?