Recently I read The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. If you haven’t read it, read it. Now. Go and get a copy, then come back and read this.
It was romantic and gritty and funny and utterly brilliant.
I firmly believe love should win out. It’s one of the reasons I started writing, in so many fantasy books the relationship is forgotten or doomed, the lovers forever separated by fate. Ditto for action/adventure novels. That said if a book ends with a fluffy wedding and a pregnant bride it makes me gag.
One-why would a modern heroine who’s just found the man of her dreams and battled to get him want to have babies straight away? Babies aren’t fun, they are hard work. Wouldn’t the new couple want to spend some time enjoying each other first, you know, practicing?
Two-why does a wedding equal happy ending when nearly 50% of weddings end in divorce?
Romeo and Juliet is a favorite of mine, they loved each other enough to follow the other to the grave. Couples who stay together even when it would be, safer, more sensible, less painful to be apart, who fight everyday because they are in love, and they believe it will work out is, to me, far more compelling. An ending that promises they will make it is enough.
Am I in the minority?
Do you need a wedding?
(For people who want to read the book no spoilers in the comments please)
(who would still like to time travel)