The recently attacked giant ushered in the ending, but the ending is undoubtedly unfinished. But after thinking about it a lot, many popular Japanese comics in the past almost ended in unfinished fashion. Such as Hokage, Reaper, Fairy Tail, Blade of Demon Slayer and so on. Even the pirate ending in the future may be unfinished.
Is it really because the plot can’t be closed, leading to unfinished? Or do you have to make the ending like this for some reason? Does anyone analyze it?
It’s not just comics: whether it’s novels, movies, TV shows…Most stories are easy to end, and the longer the story, the easier it is. why? I wrote so many answers about screenwriting and story creation. Perhaps the following is the most important but most easily overlooked point. Friends who are interested in story creation can come and have a look! 1. The sequence of story creation Many stories are conceived like this: the author thinks of an interesting setting, and then writes it down excitedly. It was written that it was originally an A-level setting, and I couldn’t make it anymore. I could only learn from the stories of the works I’ve seen before. In this way, the story was slowly reduced to B-level… In the end, in order to change the original setting , And these put on the stems rounded up, only a C+ ending is left… However, a good ending is more important than a good setting* (For different types of stories, this sentence has different meanings , Explained below). Therefore, a good story is often written like this: first think of an A-level ending, and then push the story forward. There is a saying: A powerful ending is like a magnet, all content sucks in its direction, sucking faster and faster, until the most inevitable but most powerful ending. There is also a saying: “A powerful beginning already contains its end”. If you reverse the story from the end, you can guarantee these two points. Of course, the creative story is not that mechanized, but even if you think of an A-level setting, you must first think of an at least A-end, and then fill in the middle part. With the end point, you won’t get lost. 2. The structure of the two story types *I will (conditionally) overturn what I said above, and also answer the questioner’s “unfinished” question: for different stories, the relative importance of setting and ending are different. Simply put: the shorter the story, the more important the end point, the longer the story, the more important the process. Short story structure Short stories, including big movies (not to mention short films), are about one thing: its end. From its end, it has its meaning and its value. The ending of a good short story and a good movie is thought-provoking. For the word-of-mouth of a movie, the sense of departure provided by the end is more than anything else. Short story, film structure. The x-axis is time, and the y-axis is drama conflict. The above words are: “reveal”, “upward trend”, “climax”, “downward trend”, “end” long stories, including novels, serial comics, TV series, and more about the development of its setting, also In other words: its meaning lies in the process. As long as the process is interesting enough, it can attract the audience to keep watching. The name of this structure is “episodic” (I translate as “diversity”). Diversity structure; “Episodic structure” Diversity structure. Each episode is a small story, and the whole is wrapped by a big story arc. Going back to the original question: serial comics and TV series are easy to be unfinished, because these are stories with a diversity structure, and the author puts the focus on the process. The above-mentioned “reverse end” method is more suitable for short-structured stories such as movies and short stories in practical operation. If you want to write a true classic, it is best to maintain the level of A set in the setting, process, and ending. It sounds easy, but every story has its laws, its strengths and weaknesses, and its destiny. Even for master creators, stories without shortcomings are unavoidable!