Remember Friday's post? Well I am back today feeling great and wanting to keep the victorious feelings rolling on. And then I realized, I can keep it going with the Monday Discussion.
Whether or not you like football, it is hard to deny that most genre fiction ends happily. In fact, in the most popular genres of Mystery, Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction, while it is possible that an individual book does not turn out happily, the series better end with victory for the protagonist or that author will loose readers. Readers expect victory in those genres. If they do not get it, the book will disappoint.
For example, I never doubted for moment that Harry Potter was going to defeat Voldemort and save the day. Anyone who knew anything about Fantasy knew that the good guy may struggle over the course of many books, but in the end, he will defeat the bad guy.
Other victories in series that really get me cheering are Frodo destroying the Ring at the end of The Lord of the Rings and the Force triumphing over the Dark Side at the end of the Star Wars movies.
There are also great nonfiction examples of triumph. Take Lance Armstrong's extremely inspirational memoir It's Not About the Bike which has helped to inspire many people as they or a loved one fight any serious illness. This is but one small example.
These are all fist pumping victories to be savored.
So for today's Monday Discussion, what are your favorite literary victories? Take a cue from me and feel free to include all media and fiction or nonfiction.
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