“…and they lived happily ever after.”
How many times have you ever stumbled across books with the same ending. How many times have you read a story about a hero overcoming the odds? How many times have you come across a story that ended with a cliffhanger? These my friends are cliché endings.
Every author or story writer faces the same question: “How should I end my book?”. So often do we read about a hero defying all odds and becoming victorious in the end. The Odyssey is an excellent example. These kinds of stories become stale really quick because there are literally millions of book out there that resembles the same storyline. My english teacher told us that our goal was to make our writing “memorable”. But how do we accomplish this? Well, avoiding cliché endings are a huge leap in making your writing more “memorable”. Reason being is that it makes your writing unique, and most importantly, it makes it YOURS.
There have been millions of books published and authors have come and gone for centuries. It seems as though everything has been touched in literature and that everything has been written about already. However, I think that writing can never end and that there will always be something new to write. Every person is unique in their own right and everyone has a different imagination. Imagination is unlimited, and with this, there will always be something new. It’s in us somewhere, but we’ve got to dig deep and find it. Think deep, hard, and BRAINSTORM! I know its easier said than done, but everyone has a different imagination and we have to use this as a tool to make something thats never been done. Twist, and change a cliché if you have to. Make it unexpected. Make it ambiguous. Make something that readers have never read before!
A book that I just read, The Scarlett Letter, is a perfect example of a non cliché ending.
Most of the spectators testified to having seen, on the breast of the unhappy minister, a scarlet letter—the very semblance of that worn by Hester Prynne—imprinted in the flesh. As regarded its origin, there were various explanations, all of which must necessarily have been conjectural. Some affirmed that the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale, on the very day when Hester Prynne first wore her ignominious badge, had begun a course of penance,—which he afterwards, in so many futile methods, followed out,—by inflicting hideous torture on himself. Others contended that the stigma had not been produced until a long time subsequent, when old Roger Chillingworth, being a potent necromancer, had caused it to appear, through the agency of magic and poisonous drugs. Others, again—and those best able to appreciate the minister’s peculiar sensibility, and the wonderful operation of his spirit upon the body,—whispered their belief, that the awful symbol was the effect of the ever active tooth of remorse, gnawing from the inmost heart outwardly, and at last manifesting Heaven’s dreadful judgment by the visible presence of the letter. The reader may choose among these theories.
What makes this book unique to me is that the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, lets his readers decide on how they want to interpret that portion of the story. Some people may like or dislike it, but one thing is for sure: IT IS DIFFERENT. There is no concrete interpretation, but he lets his readers choose. THAT is what makes it stand out.
Don’t forget to make your story YOURS in order to make it MEMORABLE!