Thursday, June 03, 2010

More on Epilogues

Have you ever re-written the ending of a movie or a book in your head? You know, when they original writer just got it *wrong*? LOL Okay, so that sounds bad, but we all know that there are times that the ending of books or movies just infuriate us, or depress us, or just plain annoy us.

For some of us, that calls for rewriting. It's something I taught my kids to do when they were young. I had a few of my nieces and nephews staying for Spring Break. We'd watched Jack Frost and everyone was saddened by the ending, so I gathered them around and invited them to rewrite it. Their imagination and vision was the cause of much giggling and outright laughter, but in the end - they learned a valuable skill. The writing of your own epilogue. :)

I'm inviting you to do that now. You have the power to rewrite history if you want to. You have the ability to change dissatisfaction to joy. Do it now. :) Write a different ending, or an epilogue that makes the ending work *for you* for a book or a movie that ended in a way that left you feeling cheated or let down, or simply sad.

You don't need to write the dialogue, or setting, or anything complicated...just tell us how you would have ended the movie instead.

For me, it would be "Gone With the Wind." Scarlett would have let her love overcome her pride and chased after Rhett, she would have apologized for once and told him she loved him and no other, instead of scheming. And he would have forgiven her as only an alpha hero can.

See, short, simple...but a total rewrite. :)

It's your turn: post your Epilogues to your most discombobulating books or movies here. :)

14 comments:

Judy said...

A dangerous challenge if ever I read one. I didn't like the end of LOTR. I wanted Frodo to find peace in the Shire, marry, and have children. I did, with time, come to understand why it had to end the way it did, but it still made me sad. One of my best friends re-wrote the end. I offered to edit it. (We met online because of LOTR.) The next thing you knew, we were completely re-writing the end. She kept up for a while but finally turned it over to me and does the editing. The work is now over 660,000 words long or almost 2,000 pages, and not yet finished.

krisgils33 said...

Not to be unoriginal, but Gone with the Wind is EXACTLY the movie/book ending I would re-write. That is my favorite book of all time. But I absolutely love the HEA and cannot live without it in my stories. I will skip books that I know don't have it. I'm not sure exactly how I would re-write the ending, but it would definitely end up with them together forever (which comes immediately after the lengthy declarations of undying love and devotion).

Valerie said...

I agree with you about Gone with the Wind and LOTR.

For me, the thorn is Casablanca. The way it's written/filmed now, I have never understood why it's so romantic. I would definitely rewrite the ending to that one. Honestly, I'd rewrite the whole thing. Laszlo would have succumbed to his wounds after his escape from Nazi war camps and Ilsa's reuniting with him making her free to be with Rick after they worked through Rick's abandonment issues. Rick would have found a way for them to be together, because honestly the guy had skills...you're telling me he couldn't come up with a better plan? He could have sent her ahead and then met her later after he escaped from Renault.

Somersby, the Last of the Mohicans, Braveheart...any film where the hero has to die (okay well in Braveheart he historically did die, I'll give them that one) needs some serious work! How can we have an HEA if the hero gets offed at the end???

Valerie said...

One more - The King and I. King wouldn't die, they'd marry and HEA. There would still be boat races though. LOL

erahime said...

There are a LOT that I would change. For one, I did like the latest remake of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. I loved how the director put that epilogue instead of the original, which didn't suit my HEA person.

erahime said...

Oh, right. Another one would be ROMEO & JULIET. HEA should be there. I'm probably in the minority about not liking the ending of that play.

Valerie said...

Erahime - I am sooo right there with you on Romeo and Juliet. I think the ending is ridiculous. It could have been so much better and it's actually my least favorite Shakespeare play. In fact, if it had been my first experience I would never have read another one!

Lucy Monroe said...

Judy...now that's some dedication and I can tell just from the tone of your words, lots and lots of joy for you. :)

Krisgils33...you and me, girl! :)

Valerie...LOL I so get you. And I totally agree...especially on Casablanca. ;-)

Erahime...I refused to watch it because I had no idea they'd changed the epilogue. Now, maybe I will. :) As for Romeo and Juliet? That was a tragedy, not a romance and I never understand people who don't realize that. I would so rewrite the ending with a victorious conclusion, though I understand the reasoning behind Shakespeare's tragedies (life lessons and political commentary wrapped in fiction go down so much better than a pamphlet sometimes), I so enjoyed his romantic comedies better. :)

Valerie said...

You are so right, Lucy! I completely forgot it was a tragedy. That is true, must be why I avoid those types of his plays. He did tragedy really well, I just don't want to be exposed to it. LOL

Lucy Monroe said...

Oh, my gosh...Valerie...I just realized how my comment could have come off sounding like I was saying you didn't realize the play was a tragedy. That's not what I meant (I know you get that the unhappy ending makes it not an actual romance). I'm talking about literary "geniuses" who use Romeo and Juliet as an example of "romance" when in fact, it isn't in the genre. In this exercise, we're taking any movie/play/book and writing our own ending to make it work for us. It doesn't have to begin as a romance, but for most of us here on the blog - if we rewrite the ending, it's going to become one. :) I'm *so* sorry if my comment made it sound like I was criticizing you. I so value your input on the blog and FB and enjoy your company and would be just sick if I hurt your feelings. ~ HUGS ~

Valerie said...

Oh no, not at all!! I totally get what you were saying. It is funny how literary *geniuses* to point that out as an illustration of romance when it's not. LOL Don't worry, my feelings were not hurt at all. :D HUGS!!

Lucy Monroe said...

Whew! :)

erahime said...

Lucy, the latest (2002) remake of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO is loosely based on the novel, and there are changes to it. I guess I'm a modern woman since I liked that version better than the previous versions of the movie. That's why the epilogue of the latest remake satisfied my HEA addiction. Just a warning: there are some major changes in some relationships between some characters, but again, I prefer those changes than following the actual novel, in which case this probably fits the challenge. (Though now that I learn about the novel via Wikipedia, I'm not against the ending. Still prefer the remake, though.)

As for R&J, I know that the romance isn't the genre of this play, but since I'm focused on the relationship between R&J, I still don't like how it ended for the lovers. Just like you said, Lucy, I would want to re-write it in a way that accomplishes the genre as well as bring closure for the lovers.

Valerie said...

I heard Taylor Swift's Love Story this afternoon and I realized that it's a nice take on the Romeo and Juliet theme with an HEA. :) I'm not really a fan of hers, but I did like the song. It made me smile.