I went out and watched the new alien invasion movie, Skyline, last Friday. The movie follows a group of average people in L.A. as they find themselves in the midst of an alien invasion (think Cloverfield meets Independence Day).
The basic premise of the movie is that the aliens are just so advanced and powerful that there really isn’t much we humans can do against them.
This got me thinking about how we handle the endings in stories. So often it seems that when a story ends it is either in total victory or in total defeat. Where the main character finally achieves what he’s been seeking, or is totally destroyed in the process.
Can there be something that is more of a middle ground? Where the hero fails at what he was seeking to do, but the victory is more in who he has become? Or perhaps he succeeds in his victory, but is the victory worth what it has cost?
I think this is more often done with early books in a series, but what would you think of a book that ended this way?
How do you think a Christian worldview influences the kind of endings we tend to see in books written by Christians?