Do you hate open endings

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Usually I dont like when an author leaves it open how it ends it usually gives me dissatisfied feeling. Think when it's acceptable it's due to author having continuation planned, sometimes like them when gives reader room to believe things ended well example shipping series that dont define a clear final girl you can pick how it ends. Lastly like them when you can use context clues in the series to theorize the intended ending. When open endings done right leaves a feeling wonder, mystery, suspense.

Alot of times authors leave open endings for no good reason doesnt really serve any purpose and leaves you dissatisfied you follow a stories journey which led you no where.

Like I said theres times open endings can be okay but prefer defined endings and how good an ending is to me distinguishes good, mediocre and bad writers. Many times open endings are just cop outs to not disatify readers I like an author how has an ending in mind and can stick to it. Sometimes your not going to satisfy people but ending tells me you have a clear story you want to convey. Let's say if all stories ever written became open ended I think people would hate that think most great and impactful stories need solid beginning and end.

Do you tend to have negative, positive or neutral opinions on open endings.
 

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I don't like open endings and sequels so much LOL

Once I'm done watching a show or reading a book, I want to find a different thing instead of having to read or watch another one lol
 
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ive never read a book with one but ive seen tons of movies that do this. actually one of my favorite movies of all time, Mulholland Drive has an open ending

its like an abstract way to approach story. one great thing i love about a lot of visual art at like galleries is it leaves you reflecting and makes you think, thats what makes museums and art galleries interesting, seeing cool stuff and discussing its meaning. with movies it leaves you more clues, can think about what you saw and discuss how it could possibly make sense of the ending. it also creates replay value because you can watch it multiple times and come to a different conclusion

im pretty sure though that movie “Us” had no meaning to the open ending, which makes it kind of a shallow attempt at presenting a deeper meaning or story, though initially i liked that till i rewatched it. but like Mulholland Drive did it perfect, most art films also have that kind of ending. as long the story was written so that the open ending can have different meanings im good. when they throw a random open ending in it without an abstract enough of a plot. it can seem like a shallow attempt at creating depth
 
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ive never read a book with one but ive seen tons of movies that do this. actually one of my favorite movies of all time, Mulholland Drive has an open ending

its like an abstract way to approach story. one great thing i love about a lot of visual art at like galleries is it leaves you reflecting and makes you think, thats what makes museums and art galleries interesting, seeing cool stuff and discussing its meaning. with movies it leaves you more clues, can think about what you saw and discuss how it could possibly make sense of the ending. it also creates replay value because you can watch it multiple times and come to a different conclusion

im pretty sure though that movie “Us” had no meaning to the open ending, which makes it kind of a shallow attempt at presenting a deeper meaning or story, though initially i liked that till i rewatched it. but like Mulholland Drive did it perfect, most art films also have that kind of ending. as long the story was written so that the open ending can have different meanings im good. when they throw a random open ending in it without an abstract enough of a plot. it can seem like a shallow attempt at creating depth
I can see the appeal sometimes when something is left to be plausible in different ways.
 
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what bothered you about the inception ending?
I didn't like the ambiguity whether or not he made it safe home if he was forever stuck in a dream world.
The actor Micheal Cane said it was real and I always thought it was real too, my interpretation was that it was a question if we all live in the matrix or not, not that he never made it, but some people still argued he could have been stuck in a dream since we never see the thingy completely fall over.
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I wanted a definitive happy ending.
 

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I didn't like the ambiguity whether or not he made it safe home if he was forever stuck in a dream world.
The actor Micheal Cane said it was real and I always thought it was real too, my interpretation was that it was a question if we all live in the matrix or not, not that he never made it, but some people still argued he could have been stuck in a dream since we never see the thingy completely fall over.
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I wanted a definitive happy ending.
thats a goood interpretation actually. i liked it because either way he was with his kids, its like that whole scenes vibe was he achieved peace. whether that peace was in his inner or outer reality was the question, which i thought was cool after how the whole movie he couldnt even sleep without being sedated he was so unhappy
 
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