I say STOP IT!
I like reading series. I’m okay with one character battling one issue (e.g. Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series) but prefer a different couple in the same world where previous characters can show up (e.g. Kerrelyn Sparks’ Love at Stake series or J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series). I can understand an over-all storyline not being wrapped up at the end of a book in a series, but the current skirmish should end.
So why the cliff hangers? Are writers (of TV and books) afraid we won’t come back? If the writer makes the story good enough, if the writer makes us care about the characters, then why the heck WOULDN’T we come back?
Make the story strong. Make us care about the characters. Don’t cheat us out of an ending. End the damn story!
I promise that I will never end my book on a cliff hanger. I want you to come back and read the next one because you like my writing.
Okay. End of rant.
So… What’s pissed you off lately?
Have a good weekend. Maybe it’ll get warm.