The happiest ending could be an unhappy ending

Florida Writers Conference Blog

We live in a dystopian world. One website describes dystopian as defined by “massive dehumanization, totalitarian government, rampant disease, post-apocalyptic terrains, cyber-genetic technologies, societal chaos and widespread urban violence.” Happy stuff. Inflation’s up, the stock market’s down. Ebola, pink slime, anti-biotic resistant disease. Even good cholesterol isn’t good any more.

So why not a happy freaking ending? (One industry insider I know said the next big thing in middle-grade and young adult books is going to be the happy ending. After years of darkness and cynicism, kids are starting to crave something that ends the way it’s supposed to.)

And yet…sometimes a happy ending is the worst ending.

Take the first year of 24, for instance. If you haven’t watched, you should. It’s amazing television, Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, battling to save his country, avert a race war, and keep his family together. At the beginning, his marriage…

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