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    Can a story have more one ending?

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by anastasiastarz, Oct 22, 2007.

    I can't decide on the ending for my story. I've got a sad ending and a slightly happier one, can I use both?

    Sad Ending - The story actually occured.
    Happier Ending - Felicity saw the 'story' in a coma.
     
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    Anton - 27yr old music teacher
    Felicity - 18yr old student
    Adrian - 25yr old maths teacher
    Hannah - 17yr old student
    Helen - 24yr old doctor
    Constance - 35yr old headmistress
    Lily - 24yr old gymnastics teacher
    Hugo - 18yr old student
    Natalie - 18yr old student
    Dennis - 32yr old history teacher
    Marshall - 29yr old english teacher
    Past
    Felicity - Rose
    Anton - Joel
    Hannah - Ethel
    Constance - Mary
    Fantôme
     
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    Collège et Lycée des Cinq Flèches
    Place – Parallel Universe - Boarding School in Bordeaux (France)
    Time – 4287 AD (Future) – Term 2

    History of Collège et Lycée des Cinq Flèches
    Collège et Lycée des Cinq Flèches was once a church a long ago. In 1800’s (1807) mysteriously one by one the people who lived there disappeared, the only clue was a single red rose covered in blood left each time the place where someone vanished. Till the year of 2000 it was an old abandoned place in ruins that no one ever visited. It was said to be haunted by the cursed lovers, Joel and Rose. It was eventually rebuilt again and the same events occurred again and again, the disappearances and blood covered roses. In 3284 the church was replaced with a boarding school, and then the disappearances stopped.
     
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    1. Adrian meets and becomes friends with Helen.
    2. At the assembly Constance (headmistress) yells at him for talking when she’s about to talk.
    3. Adrian meets Anton, Marshall, Lily and Dennis.
    4. Hannah is new at the school and wants to be friends with Felicity, Natalie and Hugo but they don’t like her.
    5. At the maths club Adrian meets Felicity and Hannah at the homework club.
    6. Anton lets Adrian in on a secret and tells him about Felicity and how they first met.
    7. Hannah just happens to be walking past and at the mention of Felicity she hangs around and eavesdrops.
    8. To get back at Felicity for not being friends with her, Hannah uses the internet to spread rumours about Felicity saying she has a crush on Adrian (which she thinks) and Anton’s going out with Lily (which is totally untrue as they are related).
    9. Hugo hears the rumour about Anton, but doesn’t know Hannah made it.
    10. At lunchtime Hugo tells Natalie and Felicity about the rumour in the practice room. Outside Anton and Lily are “flirting” with each other.
    11. Hannah sends an email about Felicity to Anton, he decides to investigate just to make sure it was entirely false, but he ends up think she likes his best friend because he sees her talking to Adrian a lot but he never actually hears what they’re saying.
    12. Felicity and Anton, both believing the ‘rumours’ because of the evidence they found; become very distant. They won’t talk to each other, because they’re both waiting for each other to explain.
    13. Natalie suggests that Felicity talks to Anton about it but, Felicity refuses to talk to him until he explains what she saw. Meanwhile Anton won’t talk to Adrian and asks Helen to talk to Adrian for him. Helen gets annoyed and makes Anton talk to Adrian.
    14. Hugo and Natalie finds out that Hannah has been the one spreading the rumours and Natalie plans to make her pay.
    15. During an exam Natalie invites Hannah to sit next to her. Natalie makes Hannah look at her exam and then tells on her. Hannah gets a detention for ‘copying’ Natalie’s exam, even though Hannah was doing a different exam.
    16. Hugo sends an email telling Anton that the rumour wasn’t true and it was started by Hannah.
    17. Anton talks to Felicity about the rumours and apologizes for believing it. She asks him about Lilly, and he says that she’s his step-sister and they were just joking. Felicity believes him but won’t forgive him.
    18. Anton tells Hannah to see him alone and he confronts her about spreading rumours.
    19. Anton and Felicity are upset with each other, Adrian notices and talks to them, but they both won’t tell him anything. After he tells Felicity that he knows about Anton she tells him.
    20. Anton attempts suicide by cutting his wrist.
    21. Adrian notices that he was missing the next morning at the meeting, and gets worried. After the meeting he goes to look for Anton and discovers he’s in his room unconscious.
    22. Adrian asks Helen for help. He finds a red rose and a letter addressed to Felicity on Anton’s desk and takes the letter.
    23. Adrian gives Felicity the letter Anton wrote. After she reads it, Adrian puts it back on his desk, as if no one noticed it was ever there. Felicity remembers when Anton first said he liked her.
    24. When Felicity sees Anton, she forgives him and they’re together again.
    25. Felicity got some heart problem while she was upset with Anton, and dies because of it.
    26. Helen and Adrian talk about Felicity and Adrian ends up telling Helen he likes her
    27. Constance talks to Helen and Adrian about Felicity and Anton and their past
    28. Anton is very upset and disappears but leaves all his stuff there and a letter and a black rose for Constance and two yellow roses for Helen and Adrian. In the letter he asks them to put Felicity in a glass coffin (she’s not going to decompose) in their secret garden.
    29. Natalie and Hugo ask Helen and Adrian about Felicity and Anton and they say A+F have moved schools.
    30. A few months later Hannah goes missing and a blue blood covered rose was found in her room
    31. Constance, Helen and Adrian go to the secret rose garden and find a red rose in Felicity’s glass coffin, and they know the phantom is back.

    In the story there's also a few of the characters memories from the past:

    3 yrs ago - Anton and Felicity's first meeting in this life ------------------ 6) Anton tells Adrian about Felicity
    Centuries ago - Ethel cursing and Rose -------------------------------------- 8) Hannah’s Revenge
    Centuries ago – Joel cursing Ethel ------------------------------------------- 18) Anton confronting Hannah
    Centuries ago - Rose's Death ------------------------------------------------25) Felicity’s Death
     
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    So when Felicity saw the 'story' in the her coma, it was like a vision of the future. She sees it so she can change what's going to happen.
     
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    Your the writer. Don't get too friendly with your characters. You need to betray them in the end.
     
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    I actually agree with Funny Bunny. You do bad stuff to characters because you control them, not they. It's just too silly to find out everything just happened was actually a dream. However, it's your choice.
     
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    Maybe just a personal preference, but I always feel cheated when I get to the end of a story and the old "oops, it was just a dream" device pops up.
     
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    Anyone remember the shower scene in the TV show Dallas? Where they made an entire season a dream so they could "unkill" a major character?

    It was one of the most ridiculed plot devices in TV history.
     
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    Ending?? - Writing Forums

    Check and mate.
     
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    i personally LIKE stories with more than one ending
    especially if you cant tell which situation is worse at the end

    i also laugh at the link to my topic on the first page
     
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    I'd say when writing you can have a section for an alternite ending, but I would stick with one.

    But that's not to say you can't imply somthing else is going on... the old Pychological horror trick.
     
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    Honestly. I hate stories where some one simply wakes up. It feels like I've been robbed of the story. Here I am grieving over my beloved character (or cheering them on when they succeed) only to find. They were in no danger at all. IT wouldnt have mattered either way. You feel so empty inside. It sucks.

    But it is your story, your ideas. Its up to you.
     
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    I have just a few questions... isn't Cinq Flèches from Blood+?

    While I really have no comment on the specifics of your question (what should I do?), I would like to comment on the general question (Can a story have more than one ending?):
    I'm gonna say yes. I love video games, and they do (among other things) something I've never seen a book (and only a few movies) ever do: Have multiple endings. I've always wanted to see a book that was done like the Clue movie, where there are maybe four or five different printings of the book all mixed up on the shelves and each one has a different ending.

    And then if you want the money, you can sell the special edition with all of the endings in one.

    EDIT:
    Oh R'lyeh? I think I need to look this up.
     
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    'I have just a few questions... isn't Cinq Flèches from Blood+?'

    I don't really know. I only saw the last few episodes. I got the name 'Cinq Flèches' from one of my friends. It kinda goes with the story because there's a cemetery there.
     
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    I can't make up my mind, so the reader can choose an ending. There's the sad but good one, and a cliff hanger ending which makes the whole story just a dream/premonition.
     

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