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E.C. Henry

Reading your latest post, Billy, harkens me back to the ending of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" where Toula (Nia Vardalos) FINALLY gets her happy ending alone with her husband Ian Miller (John Corbett) as they're walk past her mother and father's house hand-in-hand, as they walk their daughter to school. It's a happy ending from Toula's point of view: she's now spending time with the man she loves, their relationship has yeilded some fruit, and she's come to peace with how their union with co-exist with her family -- which is the central question posed in this story.

Love a good "happy ending," and you're right; sharing that with other people makes it more memorable, rich, and rewarding.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA


One word: "Adrian!!"

A few more words: REAL STEEL (produced by Steven Spielberg). 1) It's a better film than you'd think. 2) Before the typical ending where the main characters are celebrating a victory, the love story between Hugh Jackman and his estranged son really peaks (spoiler) when the witnesses his father step into a fighting role he had been resisting. The awesome moment comes when Hugh's love interest (and future co-parent?) *watches* the son *watch* the father gloriously battle for all of them.

It was completely manipulative and I was there every step of the way. Okay, I was watching with my 10 year-old son, but steel. I mean still...


EC: Your MBFGW analysis sounds spot-on to me.

Scott: Haven't seen RS but that sounds like the "celebrating relationship" idea cubed! Neat.


Jaws should have ended with an illustration of Sheriff Brody's acceptance into Amity island! The smiles, the cheers, the hugs!


This explains why my mother was so upset by the ending of UP IN THE AIR, when he ends up TOTALLY alone. She turned the DVD player off and said, "I hated it!" She'd like it up until the end. You know they could have added one more beat. After he picks where he's going to go, he could get on the plane, sit down next to an age-appropriate gal without a wedding ring, smile and say 'Hi' - give him the hope that the next time out he's gonna get it right.


Billy, Great post. Would love to get my hand on the NYT's article. Any chance you will post a link to it? Thanks

Judith Duncan

Billy,the article about Linsay Doran is great.
When reading it I was reminded of the ending of Field of Dreams which brings me to tears every time. After everything he has done,he doesn't get to go into the corn fields and he's standing there saying 'What about me?'He turns around and his father is there as a young man and they get to play ball.
Choking up as I write.



Zach: LOL.

Christina: You're right. I got flack for the "he's alone and okay with it" ending in my own first novel... in the screenplay adaptation there's the inkling of something (someone) new, instead...

Ourdia: You got it.

Judith: Faucets! Totally.


Billy, I had an epiphany today after reading your comment. I thought the ending of your novel was true to the story and thought it worked. I also liked UP IN THE AIR regardless of the downer ending. I suspect, however, I may have a "French" heart, lol. Because I even liked the ending of UN COEUR EN HIVER which if you've seen it is one of the most emotionally brutal endings EVER. I suspect in a similar manner that one of the problems with YOUNG ADULT is it suffered from its French ending, i.e., the character continues living on - deluded, unchanged and alone.

All this said, yes - absolutely bring in the hint of new love interest to your adaptation. :-)

christian comedian

I never enjoy movies that do not have a happy ending. Such movies never really complete in my mind. I would love to watch comedy that gives me something to look forward to in the end.


Actually Brody and Hooper swimming back holding on to the driftwood is exactly the "sharing the accomplishment" moment we need.

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