Which do you prefer? Here comes the bride or later we'll decide?
Marriage and a baby carriage,
or let's just move in together?
I find myself leaning more toward the traditional happy ending. I know. I'm corny. But I like it when the hero and heroine get married, start a family, and ride off into to the sunset. I understand that these are modern times and marriage isn't required for a couple to be happy, have a family, or ride off into the sunset. But I love the fantasy. Sometimes the books that end with a Happy For Now (HFN) ending feel a little ambiguous. They've gone through the fire, come out the other side and decided to be together, but they haven't made that final commitment. I always feel just a little unfulfilled. Maybe I've just been programmed to expect that Happily Ever After and nothing else will do.
She makes a good point. As a writer I agree its critical to stay true to the story and that what makes sense for the characters must come first. But as a reader, I could care less about that. I want the beach wedding, the surprise baby, the heart wrenching proposal, and all the angst in between!
What about you? Do you prefer Happily Ever After or Happy For Now?