I was flipping through channels at 2:00 am the other day (I’m an insomniac :) and I came across a director talking about how he makes movies. He said something that just struck me, “People will forgive you a lot of mistakes IF you don’t screw up the ending!”
I think I messed up the quote a little (if you know it please correct me), but I got the main gist of it. I loved this idea because, for me, if the ending is bad it will ruin the whole book, even the whole series.
This is what ruins an ending for me:
No consequences for choices—I HATE this. If you’re going to make your character choose—STICK TO THE CONSEQUENCES! Don’t let them off the hook.
Rushed or incomplete endings—Don’t you hate reading and feeling like the author just gave up. As a writer I know this is probably not the case, but make sure your readers don’t feel like this.
Dragging out the story too long past the ending climax—This is so annoying. Please don’t do it :)
An obvious ending—It’s terrible to know for 100 pages how things will end.
Characters suddenly acting out of character—BOO! Don’t do this!
What do you all think? What ruins an ending for you?