I recently finished reading a good book and, as usual, I was down about it. I hate finishing. I mean I feel so close to the characters and the storyline, that it seems weird when it ends—like I’ve lost a good friend.
When there are loose ends, it’s even a worse feeling. It leaves you wondering what will happen next. Where do the characters’ lives go from here? Does the author plan on a second book that will pick up where this one left off? Maybe that’s what makes it a great story in the first place. The fact it can grab you like that and nag your thoughts.
I wonder if anyone else goes through this same kind of withdrawal. Whether it’s a short story or a novel, do other readers find it difficult to leave the characters behind?