Poll Results: Poor Cinderella

Last week, I experimented with running a poll on the blog. I asked whether people preferred the books they read to have happy endings, or satisfying endings that made sense with the plot and general arc of the story.

Turns out, 2/3 of the people who voted chose the satisfying ending. The caveat being that it sometimes depends on the genre – happily ever after (HEA) is par for the course in a romance novel, for example.

Have we become cynical readers then?  Too jaded by the harsh realities of life to swallow HEA?  No, actually I think the opposite is true.  We, as readers, already know how Cinderella’s story turns out.  We’re not opposed to HEA, but we’re looking for something new and fresh – an unexpected ending that works.

So move over HEA.  Make way for SEA:  Satisfyingly Ever After.



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Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

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