Fill In Your Own Punchline

March 3rd, 2006 · No Comments
by Booksquare

To nobody’s surprise, readers largely prefer books with happy endings. Psychologists will surely do studies and focus groups, but we believe that deep down inside, most humans are hopeful. It’s a tough world and turning to a book that makes you think it will be just fine is human nature.

It is that most of us crave overwhelmingly a happy ending to a novel; and that Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – in which Elizabeth and Mr Darcy ride off to Pemberley in the sunset and live happily ever after – is our runaway favourite of a perfect ending.

Part of us — the cynical part, which comprises far more the body than it should — finds great amusement in the wide-eyed reporting of the following two statistics:

Almost one fifth of men expressed a preference for books with ambiguous endings.


Young people were most likely to prefer books with a sad ending – 8.6% of under 16s.

There are days when it’s tough to resist…

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