the importance of endings
So whenever I talk to my sister, Sarah, she happens to spoil the ending of something. Which is one reason I stopped watching the BBC Robin Hood because Sarah happened to BLURT OUT *spoiler* that Marian dies. *End of spoiler* And for me, the girl who covers her ears while saying “I can’t hear you” whenever someone attempts to do this very thing (Do it, I dare you!), this can be the ending of her world.
Okay, not really.
So I am yet again changing the ending of TLO, though this time it is minor change just because I had to change the age of one of my characters. And I think it’s coming out for the better, yet again.
However, no matter how my book ends, my sister is traumatized. She seems to have it in her head that TAYANA = SARAH somehow . . . And yes, both Tayana and Sarah happen to have blonde hair, a sweet-but-sometimes-sarcastic disposition, and are super funny . . . so I can see why there is some confusion. But I tell you, my sister Sarah is one amazing cook and my character Tayana would burn crackers. She just doesn’t have much practical sense.
But now my sister is demanding that her character wouldn’t say such lines. Or do what Tayana does in the end, because she is far too selfish. Oh, and she needs a cat.
So I have decided that the dedication in my book will go as such:
To my dear sister, Sarah, who thinks she’s the sister in this book . . . only she’s wrong.
I am actually making Tayana older than my protagonist, Mykelle, in this revision, which has really changed the dynamic and made the story just that much cooler. And I’m really hoping this means that Sarah will get over her confusion, while not hating me in the process.
But I guess on the good side, my sister has identified herself in one of my characters, which is one of the best compliments I could possibly have!
So have you had people think they are in your stories? Or have you (secretly) taken people and added them to your stories (no need to mention names here!)? And have you ever had to make a small change (like making a character 19 instead of 12) that has changed YOUR WHOLE BOOK?