How do you feel about cliffhangers? I’m a bit undecided in general. There are some cases when it’s okay, but other cases when I just can’t stand it.
TV series tend to use cliffhangers at the end of a season to increase anticipation for the new season and bring in more viewers. I’m not a big fan of that. Quite often, I’ve forgotten what most of the story was, so my anticipation has already dissipated a bit. There are some really good cliffhangers, but are they popular? I found the cliffhangers in Star Trek: The Next Generation did drive me a bit crazy with anticipation, but only because it was my favourite TV show. But what about in books?
I believe that the story should be resolved in a single novel. If it’s a series of novels, there can be a bigger story spanning the volumes, but each book should have its own complete story. But if there is no resolved story, it leaves me feeling a bit cheated. Reading a book is a big investment of time, and at the end of the book, I want to have some kind of resolution. That doesn’t mean all cliffhangers are bad. If it’s done right, it can work, but it’s risky.
What do you think?