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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fear of THE END


by Maureen Osborne




You know the one I mean. The one where Gareth wraps Adele in a warm embrace after their victorious battle over the vampires. Or the one where Sebastian, married to a woman he is unsure of, hears her whisper his name with an open invitation. The end that closes a novel or series.

A great novel or series with characters that leapt from the page and became a part of your day. A book that you waited a year for, knowing that it would be the last book in a series. An end that meant no more bearable bus rides to work or characters that helped you fall asleep after a frustrating day.

A perilous time.

Do I run out and attempt to find another book right away? Should I stockpile books for the lean times? How will I sleep or cope with the bus? Should I even take a chance on another series knowing that it will be at least three years or more before the inevitable end?

No, although I will miss Gareth and Adele of the Vampire Empire series and will wait a year for the new Sebastian St. Cyr mystery, I won’t fear that I won’t fall in love again with another book or series. As the weather turns to Fall, the chase and discovery is well worth the time walking through Barnes & Noble, or curling up with the latest copy of Romantic Times or reading blogs.


Maureen Osborne is an aspiring author and member of RWA/NYC, currently working on a Victorian Christmas Romance with multi-cultural characters.

3 comments:

  1. I know well the bereft emotions that overwhelm me whenever a finish a beloved series, like Harry Potter, or even just the latest novel of one of my favorite authors. I wait, panting with excitement, expectation, delight, whenever a new title is announced. I check with the bookstore, and on-line, confirming and double confirming the expected release date. Then I rush - RUSH to the store to grab my copy. A thrill of elation pours through me as I spot it: The gorgeous cover, the story that pulses between the covers. Then! Yes! It is mine! I rush home - I read like a fiend, sequestered, tucked away to be undisturbed. And all too soon, I am turning the last page and .... it's OVER! Done! Now what do I do!? Most assuredly a desolate feeling until I can seek out and discover the next much awaited book or series.

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  2. Great post, Maureen. Seems like as soon as one story is over, the tendency is to rush to read something else. It's good to think of the end as a pause in between activities or reading.

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  3. I too hate endings and letting go of characters I have fallen in love with. I can't let go, which is why my bookshelves are overflowing and I have stacks of books littering my floor. But if I didn't, I wouldn't recognize the place nor know where to find a happy ending when I need one. ---maria

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