I don’t know why it’s taken a lifetime of reading to realize this, but it’s true. I love the happy ending.
I like romantic comedies and cowboys riding into the sunset. I like it when the crime gets solved, the bad guys get what they deserve, and the good guys live happily ever after. Or at least to fight the next set of bad guys who will also get what they deserve.
And I only like scary books and movies when the heroine* gets to kick butt and win the sexy guy.
*Yes, I said heroine. I’m a bit of a feminist at heart. And like any neo-feminist, I like pretty lingerie, never having to lift anything heavier than a champagne flute, and polite gentlemen who open doors. And of course, I admire dangerous women who can take care of themselves and still win the heart of the tall, dark, and handsome man.