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Thread: Why Do So Many Endings Fall Flat?

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    Why Do So Many Endings Fall Flat?

    This evening I finished reading a novel which I had been thoroughly enjoying until the last page. It was a crime thriller and the set-up of the climax was the hero/detective had been caught by the villain, tied up and about to be shot, then all of a sudden the SAS appear over the hill and save the day (talk about saved by the cavalry trope!) Then that was it.

    Although this was a definite *facepalm*, I have been noticing this more and more in novels. You settle in for a big set-piece ending (and I'm a believer that the best part of the book should be Act 3) and the writer completely fluffs it. So why is this?
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