So, caught BROOKLYN'S FINEST Saturday night. And yanno why it didn't rake in the millions when it was released back in March, despite a cast that included Gere, Hawke, Cheadle, D'Onofrio, Snipes, and Tomlin?

Because it was*cough*...eak...


So, um. Yeah. Unless you want your readers to start glancing all shifty-eyed at the Valium when they've reached the endgame of your book, toss some redemption in there...even if shit's bleak, man. 

Make it worth it in the end.


Anonymous | August 30, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Here, here! Great point.

Carolyn V. | August 30, 2010 at 10:43 AM

I couldn't agree with you more Zoe!!! I just finished a book I wanted to throw across the room because I was so disappointed with the ending.

Falen (Sarah) | August 30, 2010 at 12:36 PM

good to know

june | August 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I've put off watching it for a while because I was told I'd wanna cut someone when it was finished.

Roland D. Yeomans | August 30, 2010 at 2:23 PM

You are so right. Who wants to spend two hours on a movie or three days on a book to wind up depressed? I can get that free with my own life.

We read to get away from it all, not to be mired in depression and futility. We want to laugh, to thrill at the protagonists pulling it out of the fire at the last minute.

Evil may win at the end, but like with FIREFLY, the heroes find some way to stick it to them with friendship, love, and laughter. To laugh as Ragnarok looms is truly heroic.

As always your post is thought-provoking, Roland

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Raquel Byrnes | August 30, 2010 at 4:21 PM

You know, I also hate those 'Lady or the Tiger' endings where you're not quite sure what the actual outcome is. I read one where the guy maybe died, or maybe didn't...bleh!

Edge of Your Seat Romance

Vicki Rocho | August 30, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Eek...haven't seen that one and now I probably won't. I don't need any bleak in my life.

The Alliterative Allomorph | August 31, 2010 at 1:00 AM

LOL. I'm reading a book at the moment that got rave reviews. It's realy quite short, prob about 40,000 words. TI's not quite 'depressing' as such, but there are no 'lifts'. Told from the point of view if a late teen, but so not YA. Course langauge an sex themes and all. Very Lolita-ish. It's supposed to be 'sexy, but shocking'. But to be honest, I find the character really bland and naive. The WHOLE thing is just telling, and I can't stay IN it for longer than half an hour. I don't understand, how so many of us are striving to get work published, and stuff like this gets put on the shelves. I mean, it's an OK book, but I can't figure out who could 'fall in love with it enough to publish it' ya know?

Tahereh | August 31, 2010 at 12:27 PM

i couldn't agree more.


Carol Kilgore | September 1, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Same feelings here.

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