Cliffhangers – Love them or hate them?
I just finished reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth, the sequel to Divergent. It was an amazing read, just as good as the first one! Something about the way she writes is so expressive and unique, not to mention the extremely creative plot that is almost as ingenious as the plot of The Hunger Games!
However, there was a major cliffhanger at the end of the 2nd book that left me frustrated. I was reading on my phone on my kindle app. After reading the last page (not realizing it was the end because the text came down to the bottom of the screen), I flicked to the next page and started reading random thank yous for a few seconds before realizing I was, in fact, reading the Acknowledgements section and that the book was, indeed, over!
Ahhhhh! I literally screamed in frustration and said, “What? Are you kidding me? You’re really going to end it like that?!” My husband looked at me like I was crazy. But he understands the love affair I have with some books, so he just rolled his eyes and went back to what he was doing.
Anyway…it got me thinking. How does everyone else feel about cliffhangers at the end of books in series? Obviously authors want you to keep reading, but how much resolution is enough to satisfy the reader so that they don’t feel cheated. Or is the frustrating sensation of not knowing what happens also a fun, exciting sensation…in a strange, sadistic kind of way? I enjoy the desire to read more in a series, but I also enjoy a strong, satisfying resolution. So I guess I’m torn.
I’m also curious about this from an author’s perspective. I feel like Shadow Eyes (the first of a planned series) has a pretty good resolution – enough to satisfy the major questions and resolve the main issues, but also with some minor cliffhangers or loose-ends – enough to keep people wanting more. I’m wondering about the future books in the series and also potential books or series I’ve thought about writing.
What do you all think about cliffhangers?