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When I watch a movie or read a book, I want it to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. I hate when stories start in one place and then circle around to pretty much the same place and none of the characters have really learned anything.

I’ve been noticing that trend a lot lately in movies, but not so much in books–but I think that’s just because I don’t read the right kinds of books.

Sure, melancholy is cute, but I think it’s a little gimmicky. No one really grows as a person, problems still exist at the end of the story, and not in a nice “we can totally deal with this now that we’ve been given the tools provided by the story” way, and it’s just not emotionally satisfying for me. I feel like I’ve wasted my time on the whole thing.

So, here’s me taking a stand once and for all against the melancholy-ness of the world!

Write an ending for crying out loud, I don’t care if it’s a sad one… just finish the story!

Joanne Brothwell

Tuesday 6th of April 2010

I agree. It can become so draining to watch the character stagnate!

Chantal Kirkland

Tuesday 6th of April 2010

OMG! Yes. I'm with you! Out with the learn-nothing and in with the solid arc! .-= Chantal Kirkland´s last blog ..The Urge to Be Great =-.