QOTD: Do books (or stories) have to be redemptive?
I realize not everyone will come to the same conclusion as I. We are different people with different life experiences. What I have discovered though, is that I enjoy great stories that have a dark edge 𝒶𝓈 𝓁𝑜𝓃𝑔 𝒶𝓈 there is a purpose to the dark. I need the light to shine through at the end, if not, I feel as though the entire experience was empty.
I loved the world building in The Hazel Wood. It was deep, dark, and atmospheric. Dark fairy tales should be that way. Moments were terrifying and I was racing through it to find out what was coming. Though the main character, Alice, wasn't the most like-able person, I was rooting for her. But in the end, nothing came together. The storyline didn't seem to lead anywhere, as though all the angst and horror was for nothing.
Because I loved the first 90% of the story (it was haunting and the prose was gorgeous) I will probably keep the book on my shelf, but I feel as though it is a cautionary tale to me as a writer, "Make certain your story leads somewhere and doesn't leave your reader stranded." - 4 minutes ago