I was chatting on FB with my friend Laura (who I love to pieces!) about how some books end. Personally, I think Meyer wimped out with the end of Breaking Dawn. I don't think she sacrificed anyone to make the ending believable and she gave us a lame ending. However, Rowling completely did the opposite by killing of one half of the twins, Lupin and Tonks, Dumbledore, Sirius Black, Severus Snape, etc... Even Libba Bray surprised us by the offing of Kartik, who was a very popular character and some people thought should have ended up with Gemma.
I think taking chances is important in stories and if every story ended with an HEA, well that would get boring fast. Life doesn't always have a happy ending so why should books? Invariably, people will disagree with me, but I really think Meyer did a disservice with her series by ending it with such an anticlimax. We all held our breaths when Harry fought Voldemort and wondered who would be sacrificed. Even Richelle Mead caused heart palpitations, especially with me, when she turned Dimitri into Strigoi. But you know what? It works! It was a necessary plot device to make the story go forward. Besides, isn't Dimitri sexier as a true vamp?
So what ending bothered you the most?
1) The ending of Twilight Series
2) The ending of Harry Potter Series
3) The ending of Gemma Doyle Series
Should authors take risks with popular characters?