Pam (YA Escapes Reality) and I have talked about this a lot. Cliffhangers. They suck. We are tired of them. When you're reading a great book and it's building and building and building and you reach the climax and you're holding your breath on the edge of your seat waiting to see how it's all going to resolve itself. And then it doesn't. It just drops off and it's over and now you have to wait an entire year crying and wondering what the heck is going to happen.
I mean, I guess I get it. Authors need to sell books so they can keep writing more books. And cliffhangers sell more books. I can't just sit there, knowing the characters I have fallen in love with are on the edge of a cliff and NOT come back to see what happens, am I right?
What if the Lion King ended right here?
Children would be scarred for life. Constantly wondering if Mufasa lived or died. So why oh why do book lovers everywhere have to go through this torture? For me personally, I will still read a sequel even if there isn't a huge cliffhanger if I liked the book enough.
Take The Burning Sky for instance. I loved that book. It was so good. And it didn't have a huge cliffhanger. Am I still going to read the next book in the series? Absofreakinglutely. I wouldn't miss it. But at least for the next year, I know where Iolanthe and Titus are. I know what's happening. I know if they're dead or alive.
So authors, enough with the cliffhangers. I'm tired of them. I just want the peace of mind knowing that my beloved characters are okay.
How do you guys feel about cliffhangers? Do you hate them? Love them? Love to hate them? What are some of the worst cliffhangers you've ever read?