Do you like happy endings?

I appreciate stories that don't have happy endings. There's boldness and truth in such stories, and they make me think deeper than the typical stories with happy endings.

Is it possible to triumph against all odds?
Is the truth clear but we refuse to believe it and hope for a happy ending?

Sometimes even when we already know that the ending will be a sad one, we hope that the ending is re-written into a happy one. For example, the ending of The Little Mermaid fairy tale ends with "she become foam on the sea" was re-written to have a happy ending in the 1989 cartoon.

However, in films that are supposed to be based on historical events such as The Last Emperor (1987), or based on legend such as Mulan (2009 Chinese version), it won't be a good idea to change the storyline. Look what happened to the remake of Clash of the Titans: disastrous!

In addition to the films I mentioned above, I liked Life is Beautiful (1997 Italian) and The Reader (2008).

Books that give me the same kick:
1. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
2. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
3. Lady into Fox by David Garnett
4. The Tragical Life and Death of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Malowe
5. Animal Farm by George Orwell
6. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Which stories with sad endings do you like?


David said...


I do enjoy a happy ending when such an ending is appropriate. Such is not always the case.

Some of life lessons however do come from less than happy endings, even from failures.

I am sure you are aware from your own experience that life has no guarantees.
People will let you down, commtitments are not honoured.

I do not have to elaborate here, for many of your posts have been examples of expectations not being met.

Your completed move was full you vs the contractors. The contractors were trying to ignore what the contract stated.

Books an moview that end with lessons learned can have a greater impact on many readers. To be sure young children need to learn the good most often triumphs over evil. Later in life young teens and young adults can learn that triumphs are not always complete, nor long lasting.

I do appreicatiate the list of books you reference in this post!

Have a great week.


Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.

-- Author Unknown

boh.tak.chek. said...

"Ghost". The scene where Patrick Swayze had to ascend to heaven and leave demi moore. So touching until want to cry

Anonymous said...

1984, Lord of the Flies and Brave New World. :)

Classics. Wayyyy better than lovey dovey teen novels.

George Orwell >>>>> Jodi Picoult. Hee :]

~Pink Miu Miu~ said...

I can accept stories with not happy endings as it's more close to reality and will make one cherish what he/she have even more..

but certainly cannot accept stories of 'evil triumph over good' haha and i think there's none so far...

Anonymous said...

The more you read those books the more depressed you will be!

Yu-Kym said...

David, why do young children need to learn the good most often triumphs over evil?

boh.tak.chek., oh yes, the ending of Ghost was great.

Anon, I've been quite into the classics recently!

~Pink Miu Miu~, I find it hard to classify "evil". If human greed is evil, then evil often does triumph over good.

Anon, understanding sadness is not the same as feeling depressed. In fact, understanding sadness can help people feel less depressed about their own situation.

David said...


Children think and form ideas at a simpler level than adults. Children try to use logic, although greatly simplified and therefore often arriving at incorrect conclusions.

When children learn at an early age the bad or evil behavior triumphs or wins, it sends a very dangerour message to young minds. Children learn soon enough that life does not proceed as they wish.

Socialization, functioning in a civil society start when children are younger than 3yrs of age. By age 5 the personality of a child is basically the personality that child will grow into an adult with.

I know you are a free spirit and dislike many societal norms, marriage is the most frequently mentioned.

For the most part, mothers raise the young in most cultures. And for the child's personality development, what the mother is like is more important than what she does. Studies show that negative home atmospheres, rather than specific practices, lead to poorly adjusted people. A child's personality development depends on the social interaction and ultimately the effect of it on the child.

Fathers play an important role in setting the negative or positive atmosphere in the home. Children bond earliest with mothers, and the influence of an unhealthy maritial relationship can have devestating effects on the developing young person.

If children every where are brought up with the concept that anything goes morally, what kind of world can you imagine?


Absolutely nothing will revitalize a discouraged church faster than rediscovering it’s purpose.

-- Rick Warren