Cliffhanger: a suspenseful situation occurring at the end of a chapter, scene, or episode
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.
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-