I love to read.
Furthermore, I love reading series ... I feel like I'm catching up with old friends. I enjoy finding out what type of adventures my familiar characters are going to get into this time.
HOWEVER, I hate when a book ends on a cliff hanger! HATE IT.
Not just because I'm impatient and I want to find out what's going to happen - - but more importantly because I feel like it is a marketing ploy to get you to buy and read the next book in the series.
I truly believe that if the writing and plot are great, the reader is going to feel compelled to read the next book in the series simply because they love the writing. My favorite series are the ones that each book feels like a stand-alone book. The plot is complete. At the end of the book, I can set it down and favorably reflect on the writing.
Books that end with a freaking cliff hanger tick me off to the point where I want to chuck it across the room! Some series, I've stopped reading because this happens with every book. Now, granted, I will probably go back and read the series again later - - but not until a ton of books are already out or the series is complete.
That's what I did with Hunger Games. I had heard from so many people that there were cliff hangers at the ends of books one and two ... I figured I would just wait until it was all available. And granted, we were told that was a trilogy. So, I was totally fine waiting until the third book came out. But endless series that have a cliff hanger at the end of every book - - - it drives me crazy!
What do you think? Am I over reacting?
How do you feel about cliff hangers at the END of a book?