Are Fairy Tale Endings Inspirational or Merely Anti-Climactic?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

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In today’s lead story author Franz Wisner writes about how his first book about being left at the altar, Honeymoon with My Brother, unexpectedly led him into a new romance — one that eventually led to marriage. (Not before he was able to write his latest book, How the World Makes Love.) A similar thing happened to Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote about her own marriage in the just published volume, Committed.

Both Wisner and Gilbert’s books have been bestsellers, with readers drawn to find out what happened to each author post-breakup. In each case, there was a fairytale ending.

This naturally leads to the question: what’s a memoirist to do when things actually work out? Surely there are some self-dramatizing authors out there who create their own strife, but in the case of both Wisner and Gilbert, they seem well-adjusted.

Are fairy tale endings — particularly when the come in the form of a sequel — genuinely inspirational or merely anti-climactic?

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.