So, I went to see the movie yesterday with my mother-in-law. We’ve both been wanting to see it but with my cave dwelling of the past month, well, nothing but blood, broken bones and my granddaughter get in the way of my deadline. So, one of the first things I did after I hit send Tuesday morning, was call my MIL and say, “When do you want to see the movie?”
So yesterday was the day. I’ve seen a lot of chat on Facebook and the loops about this movie. About how laugh-out-loud funny is was. And that it was a wonderful movie. And it did have its moments. I liked the movie. I love Meryle Streep and Alec Baldwin was devilish in his role. I loved the setting, Santa Barbara, I loved the food. Mmm, I wanted to come home, smoke a joint (watch the movie and you’ll know why!) and bake chocolate croissants!
But here’s what I didn’t like about the movie: It didn’t end the way I wanted it to end. It ended the way the main character, Merlye Streep, wanted it to end. Which as a writer made me think: What if I’m writing away and the ending I chose for my heroine or hero is not what my readers would choose? Who wins? Me or the reader?
I’m really bugged about this. Here’s the thing, I sold a trilogy to Berkley: The Blood Moon trilogy. Two brothers, one women they both would fight to the death to love and protect. Book one is the heroine and hero bro number ones love story. Book two she is kidnapped by hero nemesis other brother, and falls in love with him too, and in book three, they, both brothers and the heroine, must form a cohesive relationship to save their race. Or in English a HEA ménage. But, what if these two alpha brothers just can’t share? Trust me, getting the brothers to put aside their machismo and their inherent territorial tendencies aside, did not come easy. When I wrote the proposal, I was adamant the three live happily ever after, but, as I get more into the story I’m realizing my heroine, tho’ she loves them both, may end up with just one. It will be a difficult choice. But I think I already know which brother she will choose and why, but what if my readers blow a gasket because one, they want her to pick the other brother or two, they insist the three of them live happily ever after?
It’s like when you are happily reading along and bam! The author kills someone you cared about. I have literally set a book down and refused to pick it back up because I no longer trust the author. Geez, as I’m typing this I realized I killed off a wonderful secondary character that I cared about in the book I just wrapped up. But he had to die! For the story! <Drops head in hands> I know I’m going to get hate mail.
I’ve kind of sorta answered my question. But that said, I’m not so sure had I known how It’s Complicated ended, if I would have gone to see it.
Am I being overly concerned here? How do you feel about stories that end differently than you had wanted them to?
Karin the Konfused