The beginning is the most important part of your book.
Wait. No. The middle is because no one will read the whole book if the middle isn’t great.
But wait. What about the ending? If readers don’t like the ending they might never read another book written by you and they’ll write up bad reviews.
Okay. They’re all important.
Early on, clues were planted. Relationships developed. Skills learned. Emotional truths realized. And they all come to a head in the final quarter of the book. Act III.
Break into III (External story and the internal story combine for the solution. Go Hiccup! Go Hiccup! Yay!)
While Hiccup experiences his dark moment, Astrid approaches Hiccup after he watches his dad sail off to kill all the dragons.
Hiccup has the answers. They are there. Deep inside. But it takes Astrid to lead Hiccup to the answer. Time to be the hero. See, there is a reason for that B Story or subplot.
Finale (Events leading up to and including the climax) (The final countdown)
According to Blake Snyder, here is what must happen:
- Dispatching of the bad guys first and then the mastermind.
- A new society is born. The world must be changed for the biggest impact.
- And, of course, this all must happen with plenty of emotion.
Instead of running through these events, I’m going to list the parts from the movie’s ending that touched my heart. You’ll have to watch the movie for the details.
- Hiccup banding together with his friends. (complete change)
- Hiccup and his friends flying through the air around the monster dragon – and the look on Hiccup’s dad’s face! (complete awesomeness)
- Hiccup tries, but it’s his dad that saves Toothless and apologizes! (okay, I cried.)
- Astrid almost dying and Toothless picking her up just in time. (Mirrored action from the B Story.)
- Hiccup and Toothless provoking the big dragon to fly and then leading him up into the sky away from the Vikings.
- They take the big guy down, but Toothless’s tail is on fire and they fall into the flames bellowing beneath them.
- When the Chief thinks Hiccup is dead. (So sad and moving. Boo hoo)
- Toothless raises his wing to show that he protected Hiccup from the flames.
- The Chief touches Toothless in a loving exchange. (complete change, very moving)
Seriously? The play by play of the climax was complete, satisfying and emotional. Everything came full circle, which leads us too…
The final Image (Opposite of the opening image. Full circle. World changes.)
Time has passed. Hiccup wakes up and puts one foot on the floor. Literally. He lost a foot in the fight and now has a peg leg. Kind of like Toothless. Then he goes outside.
Dragons are in the village, again! Oh no! But wait. They are not attacking. All the Viking men are now training and riding dragons. Hiccup changed a community. He changed the way the Chief thought. He changed a culture. All because he took risks and stood up for what he thought was right. Pretty cool.
Hiccup and the Chief are getting along. And…
Astrid gives him a kiss because she like who he is. Also pretty cool.
Any books you’ve read that you’ve loved the ending to – even if it’s not a happy ending?