First of all, this post is a little lengthy. I know a lot of you don't like reading posts that are more than a couple paragraphs long. Just so you know to skip over this one.
I'm sick and tired of lazy story writing, especially lengthy drama or mystery stories. It seems to be a pretty popular theme these days. They get away with it every time by calling it a cliff hanger.
Try to think of it this way. Have you ever tried to go through a maze either on a computer screen, in a picture, or an actual life size maze? Really complicated ones are fun because you know no matter how frustrating it could become there is a solution. Same with games. You spend a lot of time trying to solve puzzles and going about a storyline to finish the game.
Now, imagine trying to solve a puzzle, maze, or game and then later find out there is no solution and you've been wasting your time all this time. Any bonehead could create a maze so complicated that it doesn't have a way out. Heck, I can just start drawing random curvy lines right now and call it a work of art. Takes very little effort. No need to think through how to put in an exit.
Seems like a lot of tv shows and movies these days end with a "cliff hanger". And again, this term was created as an excuse for lazy story writing. Come up with a complicated plot. Make it more complicated. Keep adding complications on top of complications. And then end it with a cliff hanger.
A long time ago, I watched a Chinese soap opera about a great detective in ancient China. All 30 hours of the show revolved around this storyline. So, a guy goes to the capitol to take a test. If he passes, he'll become an official. Well, he passes. On his way home to become a lord, he meets his long lost twin brother. The twin brother finds out that this guy is on his way home to receive fame and power. So, the long lost twin brother kills him and takes his place. So, the whole show was about the detective trying to solve this case. He runs into one dead end after another. Very frustrating. The very last episode when all hope is lost with solving this case, the emperor, who supposedly was a long lost friend of the detective that was never ever mentioned before, passes by the town and decrees that the detective is right. The bad guy is executed without any judicial process. The whole thing takes about 15 minutes of the last episode. The end.
See how lazy story writing works? No need to plan out your story ark. Just pile random shit on top of each other and either add in a miracle or end the show with a cliff hanger. The end.
What shows am I talking about? Persons Unknown. Surface. And just about every other tv series in the last 10 years.
And these writers call themselves artists. They're more like bullshitters. Just throw some random shit together, make the plot really complicated, and end with a cliff hanger... or put a miracle in there at the end.
I'm not saying every story should have a solution at the end. But ease off on the cliff hangers. Jesus H. Christ.