edited 3rd Oct '12 8:25:57 AM by Escher
edited 3rd Oct '12 8:51:43 AM by SeanMurrayI
edited 3rd Oct '12 1:28:49 PM by Escher
edited 3rd Oct '12 5:11:08 PM by SeanMurrayI
edited 4th Oct '12 6:51:47 AM by Escher
edited 4th Oct '12 10:18:56 AM by SeanMurrayI
edited 4th Oct '12 10:49:09 AM by Escher
edited 4th Oct '12 11:28:18 AM by SeanMurrayI
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edited 8th Oct '12 4:27:47 PM by SeanMurrayI
edited 10th Oct '12 7:09:25 AM by Escher
- Act 1: In Hawaii, a man witnesses the brutal murder of a US prosecuting attorney at the hands of a vicious gangster who will do anything in his power to avoid being convicted for his crimes. FBI agents are assigned to escort this important witness to a trial in Los Angeles in order to deliver testimony against this vicious gangster. They decide to travel to LA by plane.
- Act 2: The vicious gangster, still determined to avoid a criminal conviction, uses his resources to sabotage the flight in order to prevent this crucial witness from ever testifying against him.
- Act 3: The witness and one of the FBI agents survive the flight and the plane lands safely... and that's it; they just decide to go surfing and neglect the last 1/3 of their quest. They're not even surfing because that's how they must complete their journey to the courthouse. We learn nothing more about the vicious gangster, whether or not our protagonists were still able to make it to the courthouse, whether the gangster was even able to find out if his plan worked or not, whether the witness's testimony was successful (assuming he still did make it to a courthouse), or whether justice was finally served and the viscous gangster finally got what he had coming to him. There's no actual closure, no Dénouement, just a sudden stop. It is truly what it means to have No Ending.
edited 10th Oct '12 12:07:34 PM by SeanMurrayI
- Works that intentionally have no ending, and usually lampshade this fact.
- Works that accidentally (usually through bad writing) leave major plot points unanswered.
- Works that ended abruptly as an alternative to Author Existence Failure or Cut Short (knowing that the end is coming, they rush to finish and have to leave some things un-done).
- A Sequel Hook that never got picked up.
edited 11th Oct '12 8:06:37 AM by Escher
- Do we agree on a definition of No Ending?
- Do examples and wicks match our understood definition?
edited 11th Oct '12 10:33:46 PM by SeanMurrayI
edited 12th Oct '12 8:52:06 AM by Escher
edited 14th Oct '12 1:50:35 AM by MorganWick