I don’t like happy endings. It’s just not realistic is it? I like tales that end horribly or surprise you with something you couldn’t possibly have predicted. An ending that shocks you and hangs with you long after the credits have rolled leaves a lasting impression. Cold Feet Season 5, Breaking Bad, Chronic. All unexpected painful cliff hangers.
Life isn’t full of happy endings. Although I know there are some lucky people out there that always fall on their feet.
They are predictable, safe. They don’t challenge your senses. They don’t make you question anything because what they’re doing is saying ‘actually, don’t worry, it’ll all turn out okay in the end’. No. Just no.
I don’t think I could write something like that. It wouldn’t feel natural. At the very least leave your audience wondering what the hell happened. That’s the lasting impression. Be brutal with your characters. Do they deserve to have it easy?
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