Monday, February 20, 2006

the end


I know that sometimes a mysterious and unresolved ending for a story can be part of the writer's "artistic vision" but I get so frustrated when the end is left open for me to figure out for myself. I can't decide whether or not I should accuse the writer of getting out easy or whether I should respect their "vision" for the story. I just read the Griffin and Sabine trilogy by Nick Bantock. The presentation was entertaining (a collection of postcards and letters between Griffin, a postcard artist, and Sabine, a stamp designer who has visions of Griffins art). I hope this doesn't spoil it for anyone who has yet to read these but at least there were only two main options for the outcome. Either Griffin was insane the whole time or they finally got together. I haven't decided yet which one I have chosen.
Update: Lucky for me I just discovered that the trilogy actually continues for three more volumes...what kind of a trilogy includes 6 volumes??? So at least I haven't spoiled these for anyone...
(click on the picture for a larger view of one of the postcards)

4 comments:

Seaneria said...

would that make it a hexology(?)... I have mixed feelings about twists in endings, it all depends how its done. Even obvious ones like at the end of "Life of Pie" can be good, but some are oh so bad, like that lame M.Night Sham...somthing or other, that did six sense, cheeseball. All I have time for is textbooks and psychology textbooks rarely have twist endings so I'll have to draw my examples from movies. Arlington Road had one of the best twist endings ever! Leaving it open... Donni Darko was awsome, though very played out now, for that. Was it time travel or my theory of a redemptive forshadowing actualized... who knows? and I love that the director wont say.

Dagga said...

I love Griffin and Sabine but then I´ve only read the first two. When I think about it I remember the art more then the plot itself.

elisabeth said...

hmm..or maybe hexlogy? no, hexology sounds better but that also sounds like it would mean the study of six

phyllis sweetwater said...

i vote for hextetlogy. I pretty much fall for any twist, even shamalan's(although it is pointless to watch his movies more than once unless that pheonix guy is in them) but an "open ended" book is hard to take if you're not feeling very artistic.