NOTE: The following post is coming from a young woman who is a supporter of the marriage/child-free lifestyle and the antinatalistic movement. In other words, I openly truly dislike the idea of marriage and children and have no desire to ever associate myself with them in any way. Due to this, you may or may not agree with certain aspects mentioned below.
I am bringing this topic up on behalf of everyone, who:
consistently questions authors’ motives and ideas behind the typical “happily married with 2+ kids” story endings,
is a supporter of the child-free lifestyle by choice, meaning they have no desire to associate themselves with children or ever have any of their own, biological or adopted (again, by choice), and
is stopping by out of curiosity for educational purposes regarding the mentioned points above.
Please note that this post is in no way meant to bash anyone who likes and/or supports this type of ending, loves the idea of marriage and children, or even sees it as their personal goal in life – it is merely to exchange your thoughts and opinions about it, openly and respectfully.
This story seems great so far. I love the plot and character complexity. Oh, that’s a rough twist. Ooh, there’s another. And another… wait, what was that?
Was that yet another expected, casual proposal?
Oh, and now they’re suddenly happily married and living together with 3 kids while expecting another one? Bruh.
Dang it. That’s it? Meh.
Ah, the typical, cliché, and ridiculously overused happily ever afters. Aren’t they something special? More importantly, why am I even asking that?
On a serious note, aren’t you at least a little sick and tired of seeing the same ending over and over again in every story, regardless of what happened in it before it ended? You know, the ending containing the usual heteronormative, blindly-in-love couple that accidentally expects mini versions of them after an affair, but eventually decides to keep that “miracle” along with conceiving at least 2 more without considering anything else afterwards? The couple that stands together along with their [insert a bizarre number of kids here] kids through thick and thin, and somehow just never seems to fall apart like most people in the real world would?
Yeah… that ending. If you ask me, I could rant day and night about it, but I’m not here for that right now, so, the questions preserve…
Why do you think authors feel the need to include this specific ending in their stories in the first place? Is it because it’s one the majority of readers expect/wish to see, or simply to fill the story in till its end, regardless of whatever happened in the plot before this?
If the characters already must have kids, why do they almost always have more than one child? What message do you think this possibly sends to inexperienced readers, especially girls?
Do you yourself like or dislike this type of ending and why?
What are your main issues with such endings?
Would you prefer to choose for your character whether or not to have any kids of their own, biological or adopted?
In case of an existing pregnancy, would you prefer to have a choice whether to keep, abort, or put up for adoption? Why or why not?
Discuss away and remember to remain respectful to one another.