When the Cliffhanger Appears.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Well… there it is… the cliffhanger….

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:

Physical representation of what a Cliffhanger REALLY feels 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?

M signature

 

31 thoughts on “When the Cliffhanger Appears.

    1. I agree. Sometimes they work, other times they piss me off. I try to only read stand-alones because of that… but it’s no use. Lol.

      Like

  1. I hate cliff hangers – it is one of the biggest things I hate about the YA genre is that the genre itself runs freaking rampant with cliffhangers. WHY THE HELL DO THEY DO IT? Seriously I really a lot of adult science fiction and fantasy fiction in both adult and YA and it is most definitely a YA thing. Maybe its because the bulk of YA books are trilogies so they feel the need to make the first two books have cliffhangers. When they do that I just think – huh you suck a little because you can’t buck the norm and not write that in there at the end. It IS freaking possible to write a trilogy without a cliffhanger ending. So when those happen I am actually less inclined to pick up another book by that author.

    Like

    1. Now that you mention it, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a cliffhanger in an adult book. It IS a YA thing. Ironic, since the cliffhanger was first introduced in a classic. Lol.

      Like

  2. I sometimes like it when in a book there is the prospect of another book but without the cliffhanger bit. It ends nice and all. Then there’s the cliffhangers like those by Karen Hooper that kill you deep, leaving you like the GIF above. It’s a so-so thing depending on the story and how it’s delivered. I hate it when there’s some kind of important action and BAM the story stops leaving you hanging rather than flabbergasted and waiting more in a good way. This happened to me in The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening. Great post, Marianne! 🙂

    Like

    1. Karen Hooper’s cliffhanger literally takes your breath away and MURDERS you. (okay maybe not literally a murder, but you get what I mean…). Yup. You totally get me, Jennifer. Thanks 😉

      Like

    1. I can’t wait for the last book! City of Lost Souls killed me! I need the last book in my hands now!

      Like

  3. I actually kind of like a cliffhanger, as long as there is another book (ending a series with a cliffhanger would just be cruel!). Honestly, sometimes it even helps me remember the book a bit better- especially if a lot of time has passed between releases of it and its sequel. (Or, worst case, I can go re-read the last chapter and remember what was going on!)

    Like

    1. I would die if the cliffhanger were the end of the series. I agree! I do remember books better if they have cliffhangers. Dunno why! Thanks for stopping by, Shannon!

      Like

  4. I hate it. Hate it with a passion. Give me a spoon and I’ll take it to those cliffhanging authors any day. I don’t mind a mild one, but when a characters life is hanging in the balance. No. Just, no. It doesn’t have to wrap up obviously, but just don’t threaten to end our characters and leave us hanging. It’s cruel. We’ll buy the book regardless.

    Like

    1. I hate it when it’s in that situation, too. I don’t mind little cliffhangers, but when someone dies and the next page is awknowledgements… I can’t deal with that. Thanks for stopping by!

      Like

  5. Like you, I do appreciate a well-written cliffhanger that will make me claw my eyes out waiting for the sequel. Like, say, The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. It was wonderfully heart-shattering and I needed the sequel ASAP. Sometimes, cliffhangers will make me rage and not even want to touch the sequel! Interesting post, Marianne!

    Like

    1. Mark of Athena was a literal cliffhanger! Lol. I still haven’t read House of Hades even if I have it on my bookshelf! Must read it. Thanks, Aimee!

      Like

  6. Like you, I don’t mind if the cliffhanger serves a purpose and fits the story, but I hate it when authors include them just for the sake of it. Or, to sell more books, like you pointed out. YA is r-e-a-l-l-y bad for this. Sometimes the ending is so abrupt, that I’m left confused. Was that a cliffhanger, or did the author forget a couple of pages? LOL Great topic!

    Like

    1. Hahaha it seems to happen a lot to me when I’m hearing audiobooks! Suddenly the audiobook ends and I’m left thinking “um, is that it?!”. Thanks Carmel!

      Like

  7. Cliffhangers…I don’t mind them if the entire series is COMPLETE! LOL…but sometimes they can be somewhat tolerable but not always. You have to wait a year before the next book comes out but it all depends on when you read it! Ugh…it gives me an ulcer just writing about it! 😉 Great post! ♥

    Like

  8. “A cliffhanger does not abruptly stop the story. A cliffhanger is an unexpected twist that occurs when you thought the story was over.” Gosh, YES. What did I just read like this… I know Deep Blue and After the End both cut off right in the middle of something, After the End a bit less but it was still frustrating.

    Like

    1. I have to read both of these because they’re ARCs, so thanks for the warning! It’s so annoying when that happens. Authors think this is clever… it is just irritating.

      Like

  9. Cliffhangers make me feel incredibly snarky when I’m done reading a book. I understand why they’re such a prolific device in series but personally, I think if a book is well-written, that itself already convinces me enough to continue reading the sequel. If a cliffhangers has been added for the sole purpose of hooking readers to read the next book, which will not be out for at least another year, I’m so put off, I lose the anticipation of the next book.

    Like

    1. I couldn’t have said it better. If I get a really bad cliffhanger, I just put off reading the book until the series is complete. Which is why I’m so behind on all my series.

      Like

  10. I’m okay with cliffhangers in certain situations. And I don’t really know how to describe when a cliffhanger is okay for me, and when a cliffhanger is NOT okay for me!
    One cliffhanger that was AMAZING was for The Falcon by Elizabeth May. it fit well with the ending, and I really don’t think it was a ploy t get me to buy the next book. That book was fantastic, and I would have bought it regardless of the cliffhanger ending.
    I think it really depends on whether or not I love the book, too! If it’s a mediocre book and it has a cliffhanger, I’ll just be ticked off that I may have to read another book if I want to find out what happens, haha XD

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s