|Emma Bailey Newbery Club|
Does a book have to have a happy ending to for you to like it?
Vince: No. Sometimes good books have very sad endings, like when a likable character dies or things don’t plan out exactly the best way.
What is it about an ending that makes you feel like it’s the right ending?
Delaney: I think it’s the right ending when it doesn’t leave me hanging or if there is a good guy and bad guy, and the good guy wins.
Can you describe an ending that wasn’t satisfying to you?
Vince: I am not happy with endings that are rushed such as the ending of Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen. He is one of my favorite authors and I loved that book, but the ending was rushed and I felt like it was incomplete.
If you could rewrite the ending of any book what would you do?
Delaney: I would rewrite Hattie Big Sky. I would have Hattie and Charlie live together at Hattie’s house. Also I would have Lottie die from the influenza not Mattie because it feels like Hattie and Mattie were close for some reason.
Do you like to be able to predict the ending of a book?
Vince: No. What is the point of reading a book if you know what will happen? Some of my favorite books have a twist at the end that made me keep reading.
Should the character get everything they want by the time the book ends? Why or why not?
Delaney: Both, because the main charactor could be a criminal and if he/she got what they wanted it would be the end of the world. But it could be a nice happy main character and they should get what they want. Also, I like happy endings, but I have different opinion than everyone else
What advice would you give to a writer about book endings?
Vince: Don’t rush the ending or make the book predictable.
Thank you, Vince and Delaney for these great insights about book endings.
Fellow writers: take note!