Time to hit the road again to find out if I'm the only one who needs a "happily ever after." I'm the first to admit that I read for escapism. I don't want true stories. They are way too sad for me and then I feel bad. If I want to feel sad/bad I can turn on the tv news, read a newspaper, visit a homeless shelter or call my friend's ex-mother-in-law (she'll have you feeling miserable in no time at all. Think Marie from Everybody Loves Raymond). This doesn't mean I never read any other type of book, this is just my guilty pleasure.
Reading books is my happy time. The heroes are always hot (most likely brooding, but that is extremely hot) and the heroines are usually smart, fun and pretty, if not down right beautiful and it's ok with me. Of course, they never think they are. I want the good guys to win and the mean, bad guys to get theirs in the end. When I finish a book with a sigh and a smile, it was worth the time spent. Am I the only one who hated The Lovely Bones??
Well, let's ask the public…Does your book need a "happily ever after?"
Deborah, 51: "No, not necessarily. Life doesn't always go that way and I don't mind a bittersweet ending. I can handle reality in fiction and prefer it. My favorite book is My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult because it deals with timely issues."
Denise, 39: "I prefer happily ever after, but if there are life lessons to be learned, it's ok."
Heidi, 44: "Life is not always happily ever after and I like Oprah's Book Club." (Which I personally call "The Depressing Book Club)
Bob, 65: "I want reality, I don't like the ending to be forced."
Debbie, 44: "An unexpected ending doesn 't have to be happy, only just. That's why I like the Harry Potter books."
Amanda, 19: "I don't like happily ever after. My favorite book is Tuesdays with Morrie, oh, and also Crank about a 16 year old pregnant girl on drugs."
Diane, 44: "It's nice. If you're going to spend the time to read something, you want to feel good after and I prefer to feel better."
Debra, 45 (sister of Diane): "Ditto."
Barbie, 22: "I don't necessarily need the happily ever after. My favorite book is The Virgin Suicides. I can relate to it. Not the suicides, but the young friends and what they're going through." (Barbie does concede that the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella is a must read and really, to some, shopping all the time is definitely a happily ever after.)
Bottom Line: Since this is my blog, it will end….Happily Ever After!!!