Once upon a time, there was a princess and she married a prince and they lived happily ever after… Yeah those are not the endings I will be discussing today. This post is ALL about the UNHAPPY ENDINGS!
I personally love to hate them. They are frustrating, heartbreaking and sometimes cruel – but at the same time they have their charm and are a kind of art. It is crazy how an entire book series can change if the main character dies in the last book or if things just don’t turn out as planned, and though it sucks I think it makes the book more realistic. In life, things don’t always turn out as planned and sometimes terrible things happen for no reason at all, and unhappy endings is a perfect example of just that.
To me happily ever after seems very unrealistic and an unhappy ending much more realistic. How can characters who have been through so much (as most characters in books tend to have been) and not be scarred for life? How should they be able to live happily ever after when people in the real world would be dealing with ptsd and anxiety? Therefore I like unhappy endings. Or well… happy endings are satisfying and I love them, but I don’t mind an unhappy ending once in a while.
In the old fairytales most of them actually originally ended unhappily or was just generally more rough and twisted. You already know all of these tales, but they have been changed over time to have a happy ending. Which fairytales might this be? you may think. Well for starters Ariel never got the prince in The Little Mermaid and ended up committing suicide. Also sleeping beauty was very a very different story where she was raped by a king and gave birth to twins while still being asleep. Those stories were not for delicate souls haha, so it is probably for the best disney changed them.
What I am getting at is that as satisfying happily ever after can be, the real shit, that we learn stuff from and that changes us, needs bad things and sometimes unhappy endings. Otherwise we won’t remember them. It is the hard times that teaches us the important lessons in life and the same counts for books. The ending does not necessarily have to be all unhappy, but those mixed endings where things are happy but also sad are truly magnificent writing.
What do you think about all this? Do you agree or disagree? And did I miss any points? Do let me know in the comments!
Happily ever after and sunshine
– Anne Sofie