Brand Gamblin (vidcaster, writer, and creator extraordinaire and author of the novel Tumbler and one of the stories in our first issue) had this to tweet “You know what “Nebulous ending” means? It means you didn’t have the stones to finish the story.” To give you some context, he was replying to a post on i09 concerning the end of Battlestar Galactica.
It raised some good conversation and I’d like to take a minute of your time and gauge what you think of such ambiguity in the fiction you consume.
Zach made it clear in his post on what we buy that resolution is important, but does that mean you have to answer every question? My own personal opinion is no. One of my favorite horror writers of the moment, Paul E. Cooley apparently has a well earned reputation for leaving things somewhat open ended/ambiguous and I like that. I don’t need to know what the monster is exactly. Or even if it is a monster that our protagonist has been facing.
Having said that, in any story it’s as important to reel in the fish you’ve been fighting as it is to set the hook. Get that thing flopping around on the deck at least. There has to be a pay off of some kind. Leave room for a sequel or give your audiences something to chew over, but give us a complete arc.
That’s my two bits worth. What do you say?