I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [no spoilers, I promise!] and once again I must tip my hat to J.K. Rowling for delivering the goods. Not only is the story action packed and emotional, it has something so many books don’t these days...[and this is just my opinion, not really a spoiler]...the book has a satisfying ending thanks in part to the Epilogue.
One thing a lot of people complain about in romance is the Epilogue. There’s an often bitter division of the camps on this issue. Some people hate epilogues. They prefer a book to end where it ends and let their imaginations fill in what might happen to the characters the day after, or the year after or the decade after the author leaves them. Some books warrant that and it’s fine.
But some books just beg for a little bit more beyond the happy ending. I personally love epilogues. I don’t use them all the time, but I love when a story warrants one, because I really want to know what happens to my characters years in the future. It’s like getting the HEA and then some. It’s like time travel.
To me there’s nothing like peering through a misty window into the nebulous future and getting to see a glimpse of the people you’ve come to know and love. It’s nice to know how they’ve turned out and that the happily ever after really is ever after.
I have official epilogues in only three of my published works so far:
Bonfire of the Vampires
The Demon of Pelican Bluff
Flight of the Valkyrie
Which camp are you in? Do you think epilogues are overkill? Or are they a satisfying treat after a hearty meal?