Endings – Musings and a Top Ten

Greetings and welcome, readers, to my blog dedicated to my thoughts, musings, pondering, and other pretentious synonyms, regarding the art of storytelling.

After giving much thought to the subject, I decided to start my discussions with endings. Whether this is some sort of artistic statement or an act of obtrusive contrarianism on my part is for you, dear readers, to decide, but either way, this is a subject that’s been on my mind a lot lately.


The final shot of Casablanca

Whether it be book, film, game, or music, endings stick with you, for better or worse. The best endings leave an audience with a bittersweet feeling, a mix of satisfaction and loss. Conversely, the worst endings can make people flock to internet forums where they send death-threats to writers, or anyone with the audacity to say it wasn’t that bad. I wish I were joking, but we both know I’m not.


With that said, here’s my top ten best endings in storytelling (at time of writing), with no distinction made for medium or genre:

(While I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum, we ARE talking about endings, so proceed with caution)

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