Monday, December 30, 2013

Cliffhangers: A Love Affair

Monday, December 30, 2013
Cliffhangera suspenseful situation occurring at the end of a chapter, scene, or episode
I love cliffhangers.

Seriously, I do- that is, I love well-done cliffhangers. The kind that leave you breathless, that make you throw your hands in the air and shriek, "I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW!!!!!!!."

For a lot of readers, this is exactly why they don't like cliffhangers. Who wants to wait a year (or more) for answers, when a character's life hangs in the balance, or a crucial piece of the puzzle is about to be revealed?I completely understand that frustration.

But I just really love the thrill.

Game (Jasper Dent #2)

Really great cliffhangers get my blood pumping, or they introduce some twist that leaves me with my jaw on the floor. They're like the very top of the hill on a roller coaster (if you'll excuse the cliche of a roller coaster metaphor) before the huge drop- because of that pause, that terrible and also fantastic suspense, the rest of the ride is all the more awesome for it. Just look at Game by Barry Lyga- it's a seriously great sequel that I couldn't put down, but it's that ending that has me unbelievably excited for the next installment of the Jasper Dent series.

So basically, when I see people warning about a book's wicked cliffhanger, odds are I'll move that book up on my To-Be-Read pile. With cliffhangers, you just never know what's going to happen ne-

What is the best (or worst, depending on your opinion) cliffhanger you've ever read?

6 comments:

  1. Gah! I hate cliffhangers!!! I want to know what's happening NOWNOWNOW!! Or, at least, have a storyline tied up with strong loose ends making me anticipate the next book.

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    1. Hahaha! I like strong loose ends, too, with the main storyline tied up, but I don't mind the suspense.

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  2. I both love and hate them actually... I do love the thrill and anticipation. It makes finally getting that book and reading it that much more awesome and epic. But the wait... Ugh! The wait is horrible! I'm so damn impatient every now and then -just like a little kid- to wait so long for a book why that ending is fresh in your mind and you just want to know WHAT THE HELL WILL HAPPEN NEXT!
    Like I said... Love and hate them at the same time haha

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    1. haha I completely understand! The best is when there's a killer cliffhanger and the sequel is already out, lol.

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  3. I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers. I do love the thrill and when my jaw drops and I want to hurl the book (or rather, kindle) across the room. And I think I would just love them if it was not for the waiting.

    Jennifer Armentrout does fantastic cliffhanger endings (like at the end of Deity). And Richelle Mead writes a great cliffhanger as well. Hover by Melissa West has a killer cliffhanger (it's the second book).

    Fun topic! ~Pam

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    1. Haha I had one of those hurl-the-book moments with Cinder last night, but it was also an awesome ending!

      I haven't read Melissa West's books- what's the first one?

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