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Sad endings?

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by druidofwinter, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. druidofwinter

    druidofwinter Sage

    Ok, so i'm in the planning stage for a story that would work best (in my mind) if the ending was sad. eg: the planet the character's are on blow's up. would this work? or would it just be depressing? the ending would be heroic. the character's having the knowledge that there is no other option and this is the only path to take. would this make the story satisfying or not?
    thank's for all your help :)
    (sorry if there's already a thread like this)
  2. Penpilot

    Penpilot Staff Article Team

    Of course it could work. If the way the story unfolds supports the sad ending then it will be satisfying to most. There are of course people who just can't accept a sad ending. You'll never satisfy them. Look at Romeo and Juliet one of the most well loved tragedies ever or Orthello. As long as you make sure the ending is true and doesn't feel cheep like it was sad for the sake of being sad, I think you'll be fine.
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  3. soulless

    soulless Troubadour

    It could definitely work, sad endings are great, its boring if every story has a happy ending.
  4. Impatience

    Impatience Dreamer

    I've read some books with sad endings and they had such a good story that it sat okay with me. However, I have read books, like the Darksword Trilogy that each book ended depressing, leaving me to hope for something good to happen to the character in the next one. I got to the end of the series let down because the main character just couldn't catch a break. So I suppose it just depends on how you go about it.
  5. druidofwinter

    druidofwinter Sage

    Thank's for all your help guy's, i am reassured :)

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