I recently read a book where a guy named Charlie had two separate families, which is revealed when he dies. Charlie’s daughter from his first family seeks out the other, hidden family. The mom from that family has a son the daughter’s age with one guy, and a daughter with Charlie.
Want to guess how it ended?
From just that brief description, it’s pretty obvious that they’re going to hook up and live happily ever after. Which, of course, they do.
Or take a TV show named after the main character. Bones. Castle. Monk. While the main character faces horrible peril in each episode, you know they’re going to be just fine in the end, because how would the show go on without the title character?
That’s why I like writers who are willing to kill off main characters, even the title character. Whose books don’t necessarily end happily. You don’t know what the ending will be, so you keep reading. And since these are the stories I like to read, they’re the stories I write as well.
How do you feel about HEAs? Are they too predictable, or is their predictability reassuring/comforting? If you write, how do your stories generally end?