These two words can have so much meaning…
Sitting in a dark theater, the theme music plays, and these two words come up on the screen. It’s the directors announcement that the movie has finished and now it’s time to leave.
These two words are often used when referring to a period of time . They can indicate when a major phase of your life is over. For example; The End of high school– you’ve graduated and are ready to head off to your next great adventure.
If you say the words when talking about a relationship, this could mean a great love affair has finished, for good or bad The End has come.
But for the book lover, The End, has a different meaning.
It means your story has come to an end. The author has finished telling you her story, and whatever creative adventure you were on together is now finished. Hopefully the author has pulled together the story to give you the satisfied ending. If you’re reading a mystery; all the clues have been answered and you now know who the culprit is. If you’re reading a romance; true love has been found and there’s a happy ending to finish the story.
No matter what kind of story you’re reading, the main characters have accomplished what the writer wanted you to see. The world she is brought you into is closing its doors for now.
But for me, as a writer, The End is not a bad thing. To me, The End signals a new beginning. There’s a new story to be told, a new adventure to take my readers into, a new mystery to be solved, a series to continue.
Yes, for me, The End is simply a new beginning.