"The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means."
—Miss Prism, The Importance of Being Earnest
Emilie: We've all seen how Mother Nature brings two creatures together in the right place. In the right time.
Everyone *singsong tone*: And they fall madly in love, and live happily ever after!
— Emilie Autumn, Naked Feminist Poetry
"Once upon a time in a little town there lived three adorable little girls. And they're still together, in a little town living happily ever after."
"I might find somewhere where I can finish my book. I have thought of a nice ending for it: 'and he lived happily ever after to the end of his days'."
— Bilbo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings
"I'm still okay with this because I like... I like the idea of the story, I've sort of said it before, sort of like when they deal with Children of Dune, where it's — what's after Happily Ever After, what's after the Messiah, the Chosen One, cause the stories always stop. That's it, and they all live happily ever after. Bullshit, that doesn't happen! You know, what are problems that are gonna come after them, I like stories that do that. And that is what this is doing, and this seems like something that would happen, where you sort of have... and you see this happen in our culture all the time, where you come from something that's really bad, you know, whatever - a war, or a depression, or something that's really terrible, and then when things sort of even out... there are still these problems that arise, they're just new problems."