History DownerEnding / Literature

18th May '16 2:01:47 PM DoctorCooper
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* A lot of stories by Creator/HansChristianAndersen. "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl" and the original "Literature/TheLittleMermaid". That's probably because of ValuesDissonance. As a staunch - ahem - Christian, he seemed to believe that dying well and going to Heaven was the ultimate HappyEnding.
10th Mar '16 2:27:14 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'': Victor's family are all killed by the creature. Victor himself dies of illness after months of pursuing his foe. The creature is last seen ravked with guilt and heading off to the North Pole to commit suicide.
8th Feb '16 7:52:56 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/KnowledgeOfAngels'': Palinor is killed, Amara has gone off to live a life of isolation, and an Aclaran fleet is coming to punish the island for Palinor's death.
8th Feb '16 7:51:59 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/KnowledgeOfAngels'': Palinor is killed, Amara has gone off to live a life of isolation, and an Aclaran fleet is coming to punish the island for Palinor's death.
8th Feb '16 4:38:43 PM HeraldAlberich
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** ''Literature/OutboundFlight'' is this or bittersweet. No one clearly, unambiguously good is around at the end of the novel--the only essentially good main characters either left back in the first half or died in a HeroicSacrifice that preserves the last fifty survivors of Outbound Flight, which originally had fifty thousand people on it. The woman who sacrificed herself got another character to [[ThePromise promise]] her that he'd send back a message to her brother, who hated her. And from the [[AnachronicOrder previously-published sequel]] ''Survivors Quest'', we know that those survivors and their descendants curse that woman's name for abandoning them, that [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold no one ever learns what she did]], and that the man she extracted a promise from set up a criminal organization and didn't so much as think about her request for fifty years. Damn, Lorana, [[TheWoobie you got the short end of the stick]].

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** ''Literature/OutboundFlight'' is this or bittersweet. No one clearly, unambiguously good is around at the end of the novel--the only essentially good main characters either left back in the first half or died in a HeroicSacrifice that preserves the last fifty survivors of Outbound Flight, which originally had fifty thousand people on it. The woman who sacrificed herself got another character to [[ThePromise promise]] her that he'd send back a message to her brother, who hated her. And from the [[AnachronicOrder previously-published sequel]] ''Survivors ''Survivor's Quest'', we know that those survivors and their descendants curse that woman's name for abandoning them, that [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold no one ever learns what she did]], and that the man she extracted a promise from set up a criminal organization and didn't so much as think about her request for fifty years. Damn, Lorana, [[TheWoobie you got the short end of the stick]].
8th Feb '16 4:35:18 PM HeraldAlberich
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* Less down than most of these, more on the par of the StarWars movies, where things look bad but surviving heroes are determined, but take a look at the last scenes of ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]'', second book of the Thrawn trilogy. After a hard battle and ''three'' BigDamnHeroes moments, the New Republic is barely, just barely able to survive an Imperial trap. The New Republic and the Empire had been in a race of sorts to get to the long-lost ''Katana'' fleet of heavy Dreadnaughts, and in the aftermath of the battle the heroes find that while they'd been fighting among ''Katana'' fleet Dreadnaughts, there were only fifteen there. Out of ''two hundred''. YouAreTooLate, indeed. The heroes try to console themselves, saying that the Empire is strapped for crews and won't be able to scrape together four hundred thousand people to crew the Dreadnaughts anytime soon. And then they take a look at the bodies of the Imperials they just killed. They are all clones. Meaning that the Empire has found a new stock of Spaarti cylinders, and it ''won't'' take years to find and train crews. Maybe only months. Maybe not even that long. ThisIsGoingToSuck.
* ''OutboundFlight'' is this or bittersweet. No one clearly, unambiguously good is around at the end of the novel - the two essentially good main characters either left back in the first half or died in a HeroicSacrifice that preserves the last fifty survivors of Outbound Flight, which originally had fifty thousand people on it. The woman who sacrificed herself got another character to [[ThePromise promise]] her that he'd send back a message to her brother, who hated her. And from SurvivorsQuest we know that those survivors and their descendants curse that woman's name for abandoning them, that [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold no one ever learns what she did]], and that the man she extracted a promise from set up a criminal organization and didn't so much as think about her request for fifty years. Damn, Lorana, [[TheWoobie you got the short end of the stick]].

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* Less Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'': The last scenes of the second book, ''Dark Force Rising'', are less
down than most of these, examples, more on the par of the StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, where things look bad but the surviving heroes are determined, but take a look at the last scenes of ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]'', second book of the Thrawn trilogy.determined. After a hard battle and ''three'' BigDamnHeroes moments, the New Republic is barely, just barely able to survive an Imperial trap. The New Republic and the Empire had been in a race of sorts to get to the long-lost ''Katana'' fleet of heavy Dreadnaughts, and in the aftermath of the battle the heroes find that while they'd been fighting among ''Katana'' fleet Dreadnaughts, there were only fifteen there. Out of ''two hundred''. YouAreTooLate, indeed. The heroes try to console themselves, saying that the Empire is strapped for crews and won't be able to scrape together four hundred thousand people to crew the Dreadnaughts anytime soon. And then they take a look at the bodies of the Imperials they just killed. They are all clones. Meaning that the Empire has found a new stock of Spaarti cylinders, and it ''won't'' take years to find and train crews. Maybe only months. Maybe not even that long. ThisIsGoingToSuck.
* ''OutboundFlight''
ThisIsGonnaSuck.
** ''Literature/OutboundFlight''
is this or bittersweet. No one clearly, unambiguously good is around at the end of the novel - the two novel--the only essentially good main characters either left back in the first half or died in a HeroicSacrifice that preserves the last fifty survivors of Outbound Flight, which originally had fifty thousand people on it. The woman who sacrificed herself got another character to [[ThePromise promise]] her that he'd send back a message to her brother, who hated her. And from SurvivorsQuest the [[AnachronicOrder previously-published sequel]] ''Survivors Quest'', we know that those survivors and their descendants curse that woman's name for abandoning them, that [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold no one ever learns what she did]], and that the man she extracted a promise from set up a criminal organization and didn't so much as think about her request for fifty years. Damn, Lorana, [[TheWoobie you got the short end of the stick]].
31st Jan '16 12:57:48 AM lucy24
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* At the end of ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', the final book in the ''Chronicles of Narnia'', we learn that all the main characters are dead, and were in fact killed near the beginning of the book. It is presented as a happy ending.
13th Jan '16 5:24:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* Kate Chopin's ''TheAwakening'' has protagonist Edna committing suicide when, among other things, she realizes there's no way to reconcile her sense of self with the social expectations of her period. She drowns herself in the ocean, which is especially poignant as learning to swim was the one time Edna derived satisfaction or a sense of freedom from just about anything. Of course, Edna was an incredibly controversial character at the time period, so many readers were SATISFIED when she offed herself.

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* Kate Chopin's ''TheAwakening'' ''Literature/TheAwakening'' has protagonist Edna committing suicide when, among other things, she realizes there's no way to reconcile her sense of self with the social expectations of her period. She drowns herself in the ocean, which is especially poignant as learning to swim was the one time Edna derived satisfaction or a sense of freedom from just about anything. Of course, Edna was an incredibly controversial character at the time period, so many readers were SATISFIED when she offed herself.
3rd Jan '16 8:15:45 AM cococrisp
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* George Macdonald's ''The Princess and Curdie'', the sequel to ''Literature/ThePrincessAndTheGoblin'', seems to end on a positive note, with Curdie saving Gwyntystorm, and with Curdie and Irene getting married. However, the book takes a turn for the worse when it is revealed that the couple never has children, so after the two die, a new king is elected. The new king is greedy for gold and forces the people to mine for gold under the city. When the mine is depleted, the king reduces the golden pillars that hold up Gwyntystorm, thus they become too fragile to hold up the city. One day at noon, the reduced pillars cannot support the hill anymore and break, destroying Gwyntystorm and killing everyone inside of it.
25th Nov '15 7:22:35 PM Doug86
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* For that matter any of Creator/{{WilliamShakespeare}}'s Tragedies: ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' and ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' and ''Theatre/KingLear''. ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', despite being named as a tragedy, is really more of a BittersweetEnding because, when you think about it, it's pretty darn happy that the EvilOverlord is overthrown and a new, fairer king is installed.

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* For that matter any of Creator/{{WilliamShakespeare}}'s Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Tragedies: ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' and ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' and ''Theatre/KingLear''. ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', despite being named as a tragedy, is really more of a BittersweetEnding because, when you think about it, it's pretty darn happy that the EvilOverlord is overthrown and a new, fairer king is installed.
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