Ending a Story and Leaving Behind a Fictional World

I just saw Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb again on Star Movies tonight. It was funny and cute. But most of all, it was bittersweet and it reminded me of the the last Toy Story movie.

It also reminded me of how it feels like to finally finish or end a story or a series. Many books, especially fantasy come in threes or more. And the series expand the world, suck us in, until we wouldn’t want to let go.

Just recently I finished the trilogy The School for Good and Evil. It was a satisfying ending, but there’s always that feeling of, “Aww, I’ll never be able to read any of their adventures again.” BECAUSE THERE IS NO MORE ADVENTURE! It makes me happy and sad at the same time.

Take the Lord of the Rings, for example. You have these amazing characters and a world of magic, good and evil, magical swords, and magical beings. Then, when you finish the book or the movie, you feel slightly fulfilled – yet also slightly empty. Because, what’s next?

And then I saw The Hobbit. I know, many people had a problem with it, but I loved it because it was so personal – it was a journey, an adventure. And when it ended and Bilbo went back to his normal Hobbit life in the Shire, it was the same feeling as reading a book – going on an adventure with a bunch of unforgettable characters, some live, some die. And when you finish the story, you go back – go home – to your life. Crap, I think I just made myself cry all over again.

I grew up with Harry Potter, and I still can’t move on (I don’t think I’m the only one anyway). And then there was Percy Jackson. Not to mention the manga/anime whose stories I read, watched, devoured… And when someone goes all:

I can’t! It’s difficult! BECAUSE…

And Narnia. And Camp Half-Blood. And a bunch of other places. But enough about me…

And how ’bout you? What series gave a you a book hangover? Made you feel fulfilled and satisfied when you finished it? When you found it hard to move on and say, “That’s the last I’ll see of them”?


7 thoughts on “Ending a Story and Leaving Behind a Fictional World

  1. oMG I RELATE TO THIS SO MUCH. I’m actually reading the 6th Harry Potter book right now (for the first time!) and I’m unsure whether to read the 7th or not yet because…gah. I DON’T WANT IT TO END!! I’m notorious for procrastinating finales because I don’t want the series to end. *collapses in a puddle* I reread Narnia a million times as a kid, and I was so sad when I finished all the Lemony Snicket books. I felt super hungover after The Mortal Instruments too, but then Cassandra Clare is the nicest author ever and writes sooo many Shadowhunter books. XD So my agony won’t last too long! 😛
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  2. OOOOOH! I feel you, Cate. I felt the same thing! But even when the HP series ended, I just couldn’t let go! Sigh. It’s a good thing there are so many books in the world.

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