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The Fantasy Fiction Formula$
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Deborah Chester

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992880

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992880.001.0001

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Ending the story

Ending the story

(p.241) 16 Ending the story
The Fantasy Fiction Formula

Deborah Chester

Manchester University Press

A story climax should deliver a finale that is psychologically fulfilling, dramatically thrilling, and emotionally satisfying. This conclusion should bring all the conflict to a showdown, tie off any remaining subplots, answer all the questions that have been raised, resolve the primary story question, prove the protagonist worthy of success and reward and the antagonist deserving of failure and defeat, and be worth both the reader’s time and money. Strong climaxes are most effective when they employ obligatory scenes of confrontation between hero and villain and address a moral dilemma that tests the protagonist’s inner flaw.

Keywords:   climax, showdown, confrontation, inner flaw, moral dilemma

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