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1. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

What is your favourite kind of ending of a movie/book?

I personally like open or tragic endings, am getting fed up with the Hollywood style Happy End... It's too predictable...

I prefer movies where you don't know if there's going to be a happy end and anything could happen to the characters...

2. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

personally i don't mind fairytale endings, with characters overcoming tradegy and aversity (spellchecker??) and everyone being happy at the end. but i hate open endings, i'm very much a person who likes to know what happens, i'd rather a sad ending than no ending at all.


3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

the most predictable movies are the washed out sports coaches that take over a crappy team and win the league. The star player is always reluctant to play at the beginning, the kid that is bullied always gets the winning score etc etc yawn yawn. I don't like open endings personally, i like to see closure on the story. Happy or tragic - as long as it's an ending it works for me.

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I hate open endings.. The endings that leave you guessing and awake half the night thinking of them..

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

It depends on the story..if I am in the mood for a love story (ick) I would want the happy ending...if I want realism, give me the tragic ending..but the best are the surprise endings! The Usual Suspects was one of my favorite movies:)

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I like the surprise ending, too...

The mushy, nicely-tied-up, boy-gets-girl endings are too clean. They're like a chocolate bar - you want it, it's quick to get, you eat it, you feel satisfied, then you move on and forget about it. But the movies that shake you up and make you think - they're like a really good, healthy meal - it takes time, isn't as immediately satisfying, but in the end you savour it and come away with a bigger and better experience.

OK, that's a horrible metaphor - but, you get what I mean.

7. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

tina the movie japanese story sums that up for me!!

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

One of my favorite movie endings is Braveheart...also Vanilla Sky and in the suspense category...hmm, I already forgot the name of the movie, the one where the kid says..."I can see dead people..."

9. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

the sixth sense!! i love the ending of armageddon, bit of tradegy, bit of romance- maybe its just because i love that movie.

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

OK, that's a horrible metaphor - but, you get what I mean.

Could the metaphor stem from skipping breakfast this morning Tway?

I agree, I don't like nice neat happy endings to books or movies. I am not a fan of "happy" comedies. A good black comedy holds much more appeal - or a good Elmore Leonard. And, I like the chocolate bar description. It is a temporary satisfaction that just doesn't stick with you. I think that's why i am drawn to the smaller/independent films. They tend to give me food for thought more than the blockbuster. And, they aren't necessarily looking to make billions of dollars back, so they can tread where big films dare not go.

I do have a problem with children and animals in peril. I want them protected at all times whether it's a book or film. Even the last Harry Potter had me wondering how much more a kid could handle. But, I keep reading them... I'm not saying they should put children and animals in that situation, it's just a personal angst that i suffer. I can watch Nightmare on Elm Street movies but not Bambi. Go fig!