I'll just mention a few of the expectations that I have:
1. Each book in a series should tie up the main storyline and should have some resolution. There are so many series these days, but I feel like more and more, I'm reading one really long book that's been divided into three. What is up with that?
2. Characters should remain who they are. Now that doesn't mean that characters can't have layers, and reveal things that we didn't know about, or that they can't grow and change to some degree. But you can't have a character who suddenly changes for no reason, who becomes completely different and who acts in a way that doesn't make sense. (Yes, I'm talking about you, Warner and Adam).
3. Closure. This is slightly different from #1. This about the ultimate ending of the book. I don't want to read open endings. Um…that's why I bought the book, I don't want to make up my own ending. Tell me what happens to the characters! I don't need to know how they lived the next fifty years, but please, make it clear, don't leave it ambiguous and open to interpretation. Ugh! So I want closure, and that includes closure to all of those minor plot points. Don't keep those dangling or think that we've forgotten about them. We haven't. Leave too much hanging, authors, and we are not going to be happy.
4. Happy endings. This one you may disagree with, and I'm not saying that a book about teenagers who have cancer should have those teenagers miraculously cured, but come on. For the most part, readers want happy endings. So that means this: Do. Not. Kill. Off. A. Main. Character. And if you feel like you absolutely have to, make it have a point rather than just writing for shock value. And make the way they die have meaning. I won't mention the book I'm talking about but if you've read it, you know.
So what your thoughts? What expectations do you have when reading a book? When has the author broken that contract (or your trust)?
Posted by: Pam