(Part I here.)
Two months ago The Guardian reported on a truth “which keeps many true artists poor in garrets and many false ones rich in mansions”: that most people want happy endings to the novels they read. Of those surveyed:
“41% per cent are overwhelmingly in favour of books with a happy ending, as against 2.2% who like it sad. Women were 13% more likely than men to say they want it all to end happily. Almost 1/5 of men expressed a preference for books with ambiguous endings….
“Young people were most likely to prefer books with a sad ending — 8.6% of under 16s. Those aged 41-65, however, a group with more personal experience of sadness, dislike sad endings, with only 1.1% preferring books that end this way.”
What a sad report. No wonder the fiction genre is so hollow these days.