I guess it's that final object standing in the MC's way. Right? Where everything finally comes together, mystery is solved, and the good guy wins. But how many great books have you read where the ending, where the climax specifically, was just kind of lack-luster. It happens all the time. There are books I absoluely loved and yet the climax was only so-so. Usually by the end I've invested so much in the story that a so-so climax and ending won't distory a story for me...they usually just leave me wishing I could re-write it. You get to the end and you think "that was it". It happens to me constantly when watching movies.
So, here's a list of books I thought only had so-so climaxes and endings:
BREAKING DAWN by Stephenie Meyer
AFTERLIFE by Claudia Gray
DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins
PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles
Some of these were fantastic books, they just came up slightly short at the end. Basically, they could have been a little better.
|Didn't you love the climax in the first Harry Potter book?|
Any HARRY POTTER novel
UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand
DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum
HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer
Perhaps the reason some endings come up short is because the author is saving the good stuff for book #2. But I hate that. I love when, like HUNGER GAMES, a novel can stand alone...without it's 2nd or 3rd part. To me TWILIGHT was like that. I almost wish I never read past TWILIGHT. I didn't need the others. It felt complete on its own. But so many novels save the good stuff for later. What if there is no later? Some books I've read and loved in the past never had sequels. I never got all my questions answered. :( Anyway, I'm just rambling now. You guys have suggests on what makes for a great climax?