Happy Endings This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

September 14, 2009
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I have noticed that many of the fiction and nonfiction works published in Teen Ink have a positive outlook, a happy ending. While these are pleasant to read, one has to ask, when is optimism too much? I'm all for positive thinking, but readers should also be exposed to the darker side of life. Why not publish a story about someone who experiences a tragedy and gets nothing in return? After all, that's life.

Also, some stories feature young people who have overcome drug addictions or eating disorders. While these experiences are appreciated, what about those who face an addiction but are unable to defeat it?

Not every story has a happy ending. I think it would benefit Teen Ink's readers to see both kinds: happy and real.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Allie N. said...
Sept. 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm
i totally agree! ive had some dark things published, but none of the ones really sinister get put on here.
DuskAndDestiny replied...
Nov. 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm
I'm a sucker for a well-written not-necessarily-happy-ending. I'm more of a fantasy or science fiction reader, but happy endings can take away from them for me. I like realistic endings, rather than a "happily ever after". Thank you for putting this out in the open; not everyone likes happy endings (all the time, at least).
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