What is your take on epilogues?
I think epilogues are a strange idea. I mean, if the last chapter of the book appropriately wraps up the plot and character arcs, then why does a book need an epilogue? It really is like another chapter anyway. I have seen some epilogues where the book is from the girl’s POV but the epilogue is a quick chapter from the boy’s POV. Those are cool and I can see how they serve a purpose. But please dear authors don’t end a book (especially if it is not part of a series) on an open-ended note and then include an epilogue to make us feel better. It doesn’t work.
I don’t understand how epilogues exist in books that are a part of a series. I mean, I always thought that epilogues were conclusions at the end of a book that basically tied everything up and sometimes even provided a little commentary from the main character. I could see the LAST book in series having an epilogue, although seriously, if you couldn’t come to a complete conclusion after several installments, shame on you author. I really dislike super long epilogues. I dislike epilogues that are just a quick pitch by the author so sum everything up. I really didn’t like the epilogue from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I think the epilogue was used properly, but I just didn’t like it. The Hunger Games Trilogy was a YA series and I did not really like how it went into letting the reader know what happened in the future for the main characters. It felt awkward. I think epilogues work well for stand-alone and mystery novels, but otherwise, why not just finish writing the book?