So I got to thinking recently about happily ever after(s) in the novels we read. I'm the kind of person who likes to see a HEA, especially when it involves a series. You follow these characters through several books, rooting for them to stay alive, stay in love, and stay together. I get kind of depressed when it ends and there is no HEA.
One of my favorite books of all time is a LJ Smith book from ages ago. I won't say which one, because it would be spoiler-ish. But I loved, loved, loved this one character and wanted them to be together so badly, and the ending (although it was the *right* ending) left me in sobs. Hysterical 14 year old kind of sobbing. It was bad.
It pretty much traumatized me.
Now my writing style doesn't necessarily adhere to my reading tastes, so please keep that in mind. Sometimes a happy ending isn't what you think it is ... and sometimes it is. Depends on the story. I like HEA, but I LOVE HEA that characters have to WORK for, have to STRUGGLE to get to them, have to make SACRIFICES to achieve them. (Me not a fan of insta-love and intsa-HEA)
So what do you guys think? Do you require a HEA for the characters you're reading?
Also, look what I have in my hands ....
I have an astronomical reading list right now, so I don't when I will get to this, but I have been hearing great things about this one.