As much as I’d love to say that I love my stories to be completely realistic, there’s something inside of me that tells me otherwise. I read countless stories and series, and I’m 100% sure that if I finish a series and it ends in a sour note (as in NOT a happily ever after), then I will most definitely not like it.
Why is it that I so desperately need a happily ever after (HEA) anyways? I’ve always wondered why a perfectly good ending, an ending that could very much happen in real life sometimes pisses me off or saddens me to no end. The How I Met Your Mother ending? Hated it. The Delirium series ending? Disliked it. Divergent series? I’ll probably hate it as well (I’ve been spoiled to no end with this one).
The reason I read books (or watch tv series and movies) is because I want to escape real life. So why the hell do I need to be reminded about how horrible the world is? I want an honest to god happy ending that’ll leave a smile on my face and some [happy] tears in my eyes. Is that so much to ask?
I know that there are some HEAs that seem totally fabricated, but generally, I tend to enjoy HEAs in books (or series, or movies).
There are situations where a HEA is completely out of the question (i.e. TFIOS), but in a way I think an HEA is more than just “boy and girl are together forever”. I think a HEA also has to do with how the main characters are at the end. Are all their problems are resolved at the end? Is it going to stay that way? Are they happy, or will be eventually? Will they stay happy? I don’t necessarily need a romantic HEA, just an ending that’s… happy.
What about you guys? Does a happily ever after affect how you feel about a book? Let me know in the comments below!