This is a fairly coming thing to appear in a series, but it’s usually just a chapter or a 5 minute movie section. Unless it’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ where multiple endings make you feel like you’re being tricked into stretching your legs. People want some closure and a brief view of what happened after the final battle. Did the heroes truly live happily ever after or fall on bitter times? Everything straightened up into a neat package. That’s kind of what I plan on doing with Legends of Windemere.
There is another version that I’ve stumbled onto recently. Best thing I can call it is the ‘Epilogue Book’. This is an entire book that takes place years after the main adventure and gives closure to the main characters. I’ve noticed this is done a lot with heroes who fall on hard times or have a run of bad luck. They look for that last piece of glory or regain a lost item. I guess it’s to get them a happy ending or to bring them back to their center. Kind of like a fallen hero finding redemption.
Personally, I think this is a difficult story to write because many readers might have been content with the first ending. It can carry a sense of the author not letting go even if that’s not the case. It really is hard to justify overturning a character’s life when they spent several books earning their finale. This is probably why I don’t want to attempt it right now. There are a few characters that can get spin-offs and one that could feasibly get another series, but I don’t know about having one lose what they fought so hard to gain. I torture my heroes enough. That’s just personal preference.
So, what do you think of epilogue chapters, Epilogue Books, or even knowing about the fate of characters after they defeat their enemies? Does it depend on the heroes?