I Have an Awesome Idea for Epilogues
File this under what I would do if I ran publishing. There are quite a few books that are decent or even good where the epilogues drive me absolutely batty. It’s as if the author isn’t quite sure we readers have been sold on how awesome the happy ever after is going to be. My own awesome idea is that we no longer include epilogues in the books themselves. Instead, the publishers include a note that says the author has written a special epilogue and it is available at the author’s site. This makes readers who are interested, go to the author’s site where they can read about all her other awesome books in addition to reading the epilogue. For those readers who find epilogues generally stomach turning, we don’t have to read them. Additionally, it save the publishers money on printing costs. It’s a win all the way around.
And, no, if the epilogue is in the book, I cannot skip it because I feel like something important must be in there for it to be included in the book. 9.99999999 times out of 10, though, the epilogue is so sickeningly sweet that I throw up a little in my mouth.