What do you think about cliffhangers in a book?What do you think about cliffhangers in a book? Susan #questionnaire
I don’t mind them as long as it but a year inbetween books
@Sarah I will have forgotten by then
What I meant to put was as long as it is not a year between books x
@Sarah I know what you meant. I think a year is too long.
Great if the next one in the series is available.. Not so great if you have to wait ages
Great at the end of chapters, but agony when you have to wait for the next book to come out.
@Joanna Oh definitely at the end of chapters. That’s what keeps me reading.
It’s ok if the next book is available but when the wait is too long I don’t bother reading the next book
It’s a good marketing ploy. Deborah Harkness is the queen of this in her All Souls Trilogy
@Juliet Do you think it’s works Juliet?
@Susan yes, I have finished the second and am now on the third book as I had to know what happened. The first two books end at pivotal moments so you have to buy the next book. It certainly keeps your interest and probably increases sales
@Juliet . I would certainly expect a cliffhanger in a Trilogy. I would need to know it was a Trilogy initially and that the next instalment was available. It’s the books that end in cliffhangers but no sign of the next instalment that annoys me.
@Susan that’s different, I wouldn’t be happy to find out the next book hadn’t been written or released yet
If you mean cliffhangers at the end of the book, it depends. If the main plot element is resolved, and the writer introduces a new teaser like a candy bar to get you looking for the next book I’m fine with it… if the writer just led me through 300+ pages only to hold back a satisfying climax in hopes that I will pick up the next book to find out what happens I not only won’t pick up the next but I might seek out the writer and give him some first ideas for his next crime. (I would never do that to a female writer though, because I am a gentleman)
I’m bored with writers turning a single story into a 3 book series, so unless I am truly captivated if not hypnotized by the writing I will not buy a second book in a series, cliffhangers be damned!
I tend to dislike them, as they give an unsatisfying reading experience.
@Maggie I dislike them too. If the book is part of a Trilogy and I know it’s a trilogy then I’m ok with that
Hate them. Even if everything isn’t resolved, I think a book should feel finished.
They are annoying and unfair especially if the book is a one off and not part of a series.
dislike, esp when the books ends with one that could lead into the next book and then the author never publishes the next one!
Love them throughout (end of chaps). Don’t mind open endings either. I’ve written a couple. So long as the big conclusions are made and the denouement is satisfactory, a what might he/she do next or will that bit-part villian be the next antagonist is okay with me.
Great as long as the next book isn’t ages coming!
Yes. But if the follow up is a gap of Game of Thrones proportions then no.
No as I make my
Own up x
clifthangers are great when you just start an already established series but when you have to wait a year its a pain!
@Frank Games of Thrones or you have a complaint?
I see what you did there! ?
The capitalization or lack of it tells all.
Not a fan.
I don’t mind either ..as long as you don’t have to wait too long x
One of the tricks for creating tension and suspense. These are the elements of all fiction.
That depends. If I am reading a series and the next book is available or will be released in a week or so I am fine with them. If I have to wait for 6 months I hate them. By the time the next book is published I’ll forget all that tension at the end of the previous book. It’s not the same experience. Especially if it’s something like life and death situation.
Depends on the genre. I recently read a psychological thriller with an open ending and no sequel. Part of me was like, what??? But in typical horror fashion, not all stories are meant to tie up everything with a nice, pretty bow. Sometimes I like books written outside the box that leave me thinking… ?
That’s why I wait so I can binge read several