Last week we talked about opening lines, this week we’re talking about ENDING lines.
Endings in general, I don’t think are anyone’s favorite. No one wants to see the end of a good story. They can also be freaking hard to write.
But endings are important because nothing, NOTHING is worse than an ending that ends limply like a soggy potato chip.
So here are some endings…all good because I didn’t feel like boring myself with bad endings. I wanted to find a wider range of books but didn’t have time to dig through other rooms of the house other than my few bookshelves and I already borrowed two books digitally from the library today just to read the endings (Jane Eyre did not make the cut because I forget it ended with that John preacher guy or whatever his name was) (at least I’m fairly sure, I’m a little nervous it was an abridged version because that happened to me before and the only way I found out was because of a tiny print on the cover. But that’s another story)
*clears throat* here we go.
Guitierrez pushed up from his chair. He waved to Time and Lex, playing in the pool. “Probably they will send the children home,” he said. “There is no reason not to do that.” He put on his sunglasses. “Enjoy your stay with us Dr. Grant. It is a lovely country here.”
Grant said, “You’re telling m we’re not going anywhere?”
“None of us is going anywhere, Dr. Grant,” Guitierrz said, smiling. And then he turned, and walked back towards the entrance of the hotel.Jurassic Park: Michael Crichton
Slightly sinister. Not too sinister. Wraps things up, but not too much. A story like Jurassic Park is not a story you want tied up in a nice red bow. And it’s left in a way that just leaves a little bit it *wiggles eyebrows* *plays that foreboding music from Twister*
I’m sorry did that make sense? I’m watch Pride of Prejudice (2005) and am a little distracted.
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go, than I have ever known.”A Tale of Two Cities: Charles Dickens
So I had to do this one because it’s one of the most famous closings (and of course we did the opening). I really need to reread this book, because when I read it way back when (I mean…high school??? 14???) and I didn’t like it. Which is surprising because I love Dickens. I just remember I couldn’t stand Carton, who is the guy the dies at the end (saving the husband of the woman he loves etc etc). And I remember just being frustrated with him and feeling like, “stop feeling sorry for yourself and get your act together.” (but I don’t know, maybe I ‘d feel different now that I’m more “mature”)
I also have to mention that every time I hear/think of this line I just think of this:
I think I first heard this line in this movie so…yes, I learned everything I know from Star Trek.
“Why are you ringing that bell?”
The trooper kicked at it once more. The sound echoed over the thousand-year-old Dutch Village of Driel and died away. The trooper looked down at Cora.
“It seemed the right thing to do,” he said.A Bridge to Far: Cornelius Ryan
I. love. this. ending.
So A Bridge to Far is about Operation Market-Garden, which is the next offensive after the allies take Normandy in WWII. It was…not incredibly successful.
It’s a simple scene to end a complicated and ugly and disastrous offensive. And sometimes simple is best. There’s no need to say what already has been said.
Ebola had risen in these rooms, flashed its colors, fed, and subsided into the forest. It will be back.The Hot Zone: Richard Preston
The scary thing is that Ebola DID come back and is….technically still around.
The Martians stared back up at them for a long, long silent time from the rippling water….The Martian Chronicles: Ray Bradbury
Because THEY are the Martians now.
Also this book is really wild like there’s a whole chapter about this guy who builds like a House of Usher and lures people in and they get killed and there are doppelganger androids and like…wow.
My hatred grew during these nights, my hatred for those responsible for this evil deed. During the days that followed I recognized what my mission was to be […]
I decided to become a politician.
Adolf HilterThe Beauty and the Sorrow: Peter Englund
To get serious for a second: The Beauty and the Sorrow is a really incredible book on WWI. It follows about about a dozen or so people all over the world (England, Germany, Turkey…) and their experience, taken from journals, of the war. At the end, the author wraps up everyone’s story, what happens to them after the war, etc. But there’s a last entry. You don’t know who it is. You know he’s young, German, greatly greived by his country’s defeat.
And than at the end, you see who it is.
I got CHILLS. LIKE CREEPED OUT CHILLS. Because WWI was a. freaking. mess. It was a horrific war, an incredible stupid war, and a loss of so much life. But even after it’s over, round two is about to begin.
“Well, I’m back.”Return of the King: J.R.R Tolkien
We’ll end with this one. I feel like it’s one of the most impactful endings. The Lord of the Rings is a HUGE trilogy filled with war and death, horror, beauty, love, greed, sacrifice, just about everything. But it all ends with three simple words. And it has that feeling of suddenly being on the ground again, after flying through hell and heaven.
So we’ll end there.
SOOOOO, there it is. I think I might do another one on these, but on opening movie scenes. Because I have THOUGHTS. And FEELINGS. And maybe I’ll do endings too.
Anyway, I’m going to be and finished continue watching Pride and Prejudice and knit…or something quaint like that. Because what all do you do on a cozy autumn night?