I've already posted a longer ramble about this at jumping_off
, but - shocking thought! - maybe not everybody reads jumping_off
Would you say that this article
implies that Ashley Pharoah also
thinks that the ending of LoM is 'decidedly downbeat,' or is the latter just the opinion of the writer of the article? It's clearly not a quotation, but it is
integrated with a quotation in such a way as to make it seem as if the quotation was derived from a conversation that contained that characterisation of the ending...
(Hey, those of you who have the series two boxset - can anything about whether the writers of the show think they wrote a happy or an unhappy ending, be inferred from the DVD extras?)
It is strangely gratifying, btw, to read an article in which the ending is called 'decidedly downbeat.'
It is also darkly amusing to see that - if
I read this correctly - Pharoah thinks we objected to the ending because it was downbeat. Dude, no.
I was the woman who kept clamouring for the show to end with Sam dying! I like dark stuff; I've written some seriously disturbing fic, or so I'm told. I keep killing my protagonists, too. So, yes, kill your protagonist, by all means. Even have him kill himself. Just... don't hand me pink glasses and expect me to feel it's a happy
And also, either do try to give him a proper, understandable motivation, or make it a bit more obvious that he's really, truly and completely nuts.
And don't expect me to suddenly forget everything you've previously established about him. Take a page from (some) fanfic writers' book: you have to integrate
your surprising ending with what we know about the characters and their world.