But one convention of the mainstream of adventure fiction I have kept right through my novels, the convention that the good ends happily, the bad unhappily. "That is what fiction means," said Oscar Wilde. We can laugh at it, but it is sound tradition. A complicated plot rounded off with the reader's imagination projected willingly into the future, is a deeply satisfying reading experience. It is also much more difficult to write effectively than the unresolved or the tragic ending.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Mary Stewart on Happy Endings
A quote from the preface to the 1969 Hodder & Stoughton Mary Stewart Omnibus I: