Should the ending be different?

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Re: Should the ending be different?

Post by Edgeona » 01 Jun 2018, 22:40

Will keep this short and simple, I was concern about Natural, I am fine the way its ended.

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Post by prospero360 » 03 Jun 2018, 17:09

The ending is okay, I feel like it's a realistic ending. I have always loved movies and books that left me in suspense at the end.

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Post by SereneCharles » 09 Jun 2018, 16:56

Libs_Books wrote:
10 Apr 2018, 11:33
Thanks for raising this topic, R-g-R.
I would have preferred the ending without the Epilogue. There would then have been room for a sequel and yet still a real sense of ending - Natalie and her family would be safe - but there would still have been room for curiosity about what might happen to the character next. I find the Epilogue disappointing and also not particularly credible as I find it hard to believe that she wouldn't have grown out of her teenage infatuation with the rather creepy and morally dubious Bruce. Most importantly, I'm rather saddened by the fact that ending makes me feel I can't recommend this book to teenage readers.
I've not read this book, but with your comment, I can't wait to read it. I'd want to see how the epilogue affected the ending and why you wouldn't recommend it to teenagers because of how it ended.

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Post by palilogy » 10 Jun 2018, 17:02

Should no - the ending was written for the same reason as the story.
That doesn't mean it could or couldn't have been different, but I do respect the author's choice and the result in the ending. I would have been unhappy if all books ended just exactly as the reader saw fit.

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Post by elivia05 » 10 Jun 2018, 22:07

As I scroll through reading other opinions, I noticed that several people did not enjoy the epilogue. I hate to say that I agree, but I do believe that the book would have been better off without it. The epilogue added nothing to the book as a whole.

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Post by MsDree » 10 Jun 2018, 22:52

I liked the way the story ended. But not so much because it saddened me. I agree, in real life, some people probably decided, like Natalie's decided for her own, even though others might not agree to it. And I didn't agree with her decision. But well...
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Post by Shraddha_rc » 14 Jun 2018, 05:32

I had so many questions that needed answers but the ending was like a cliffhanger for them and I wasn't satisfied by that. I wish it had a different ending and had given answers to all of the queries I had in my mind.

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Post by Harview » 14 Jun 2018, 10:51

I feel that the ending of Ironbark Hll is quite approptiate and should not be different. The story began with the main character flashing back to her childhood and ends with her reflecting on the emotionaly hazardous journey that brings her to a matured peak in her life as an art teacher. It ends like a sigh after a long day. For me, there was no better ending to such a story.

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