Feeling ‘Lost’

There are two more episodes of LOST before the big series finale, and just when I was getting a little tired and frustrated with the way things were winding down, last night’s episode comes along and blows me away.

For the last few weeks or so, I have been watching LOST — which has taken up a good chunk of the last six years of my life — and thinking about how difficult it is to “end” something, to tie everything together in a way in which the viewer feels satisfied. I think David Chase took a big chance with THE SOPRANOS, an ending that I disliked initially but have come to understand. But I don’t think I want the ending of Baby Grand to be all that puzzling. (Or do I?) What I know for sure is I want the ending to feel right at the moment my readers close the book — not to feel as if I, the author, ran out of steam or that the ending isn’t authentic to the characters in whom they’ve invested their time. I’ve read books that felt that way in the last few pages — as if I can picture in my head the writer trying to make a deadline — and it makes the entire reading experience feel like a disappointment.

LOST was feeling like a disappointment to me until these last two weeks. And then, in my mind anyway, the series got back to what I think it was all about from the beginning: Jack Shephard versus John Locke, free will versus fate, man of science versus man of faith. And how clever that now Jack and John are playing for the opposing team.

This ending now feels right. Now to make Baby Grand’s feel right too.

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2 thoughts on “Feeling ‘Lost’

  1. Dina,

    I’ve often thought about endings…do you write the ending before you’ve completed the book and then build your way toward it?

    Also…it’s so important to keep the reader engaged throughout. Recently I finished a book that only mildly interested me, and because the last pages of the book actually contained book group questions, I was kind of surprised that the plot was all wrapped up. I guess I wasn’t paying attention!

    • Hey, Adina!

      Funny you should ask… I’ve known for a long time how I wanted this book to end. And then when I actually sat down to flesh out the ending a few days ago, I realized it had to change — for believability. The time line wasn’t making sense. But I do agree that, for me, I have to have a sense of where I’m headed into order to get there. I needed to have that ending, even though it ended up changing, in my mind as I wrote — as you said, “build your way toward it.”

      Thanks so much for your comment. :)

      Dina

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