Monday, July 29, 2013

Happily Ever After

"The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” Oscar Wilde

Do you like the fiction you read or watch to hold true to the above statement?

I do. I hope for it every time I open a book or see a movie. And when it doesn’t happen, I’m usually left feeling disappointed.

Willy Wonka: But, Charlie, don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he ever wanted.
Charlie: What's that?
Willy Wonka: He lived happily ever after.
—Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

So why is that important in fiction?

I’ll let Nora Roberts explain:

"Happily ever after?"
"If justice doesn't triumph and love doesn't make the circle in entertainment fiction, what's the point? Real life sucks too often."
― Nora Roberts, Angels Fall

Hope you enjoy some Happily Ever Afters!

Eva Maria Hamilton is the author of Highland Hearts, a Love Inspired Historical novel published by Harlequin.

Scotland 1748

The Battle of Culloden is over, but one Highlander’s fight has just begun…

Logan McAllister survived years of indentured servitude in the Americas to reach this moment. Now he’s returned to Scotland, ready to redeem the secret promise from Sheena Montgomery’s father – that his years as an indentured servant would earn him Sheena’s hand in marriage. But when he arrives home, he learns that Sheena’s father has died, his contract has been lost… and Sheena is engaged to another man.

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  1. I am in total agreement, Eva Maria! We can give our characters plenty of conflicts and disappointments, but they win in the end.

    Your book sounds wonderful! As a historical writer I know all the research involved.

  2. I agree too! I want to read stories with those happy, satisfying endings. A great quote by Nora Roberts. Congrats on the book!!!

  3. I'm in good company :) Thanks, Lisa!

  4. Eva, I like a happy ending, too! Although I cope if I'm reading a genre that doesn't require the mandatory happy ending of a romance. I like a satisfying ending that resolves all the story questions :)