Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Thought of the Day...

So I got to thinking about all the reviews I have been reading lately about how unhappy people are to read stories that don't end in an HEA (happily ever after).  And I wondered why this upsets so many.  I get that everything should be wrapped up at the end of the story. I myself do not care for cliffhangers, especially since lately there seem to be so many.  But HEAs have never been a prerequisite for me to enjoy a book.  Some of the best novels have ended in ways that the main characters have no choice but to move forward without one another.  Blind Obsession is the perfect example of this.  Would I have liked to see them get together and everything been happy go lucky?  Honestly, no.  I would have felt like the story failed to show the reality of the situation, this was never going to be a story about Cinderella finding her Prince Charming.  It just wasn't.  To see that review you can go here  http://bbeautyandbooks.blogspot.com/2013/04/blind-obsession-review.html

Then I got to thinking about why people read in the first place.  It is usually to escape their lives, I know my reason certainly is.  Not that life is not good or enjoyable, but that life can be overwhelming.  And that HEA can brighten so many lives.  A book has that kind of power.  A book can take you to places you will never see, introduce you to people you will never meet, and have you believing in things that are impossible.  Sometimes, for some people, that is love.  And really when you think about it, it all makes sense.  But does a HEA make the book better?  Or is it just about finding that one thing you can't seem to attain in life?  Because HEAs only happen in books.  

Just my thought of the day...



  1. For me, it's not that I can't appreciate the story itself without the happy ending, but the way that I feel when I put a book down. It's sort of like the difference between reading for literary merit or reading for pure pleasure. Since I'm a pleasure reader, I choose to read books that either make me think or make me sigh. And generally, it's those HEAs that are in books that do both!!! I don't like to spend time reading a book only to have it end on an unhappy note. I think that's why romance is such a popular genre.

    1. I completely understand that point of view Nicole. I actually believe that books, like music, set the tone to how a day can go for you, if that makes sense. I love HEAs but like you, I need something that makes me think. I think maybe my issue lately is seeing novels that are clearly marked as not being HEAs and watching reviewers slaughter them because of it. If it is stated and that is what you read, then don't read and review that novel. =)

      Thank you for stopping by!



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