But when should a series end?
Should a series ride the wave until no one is interested anymore? Should it end where people clamor for another installment, even if it never comes?
I hate shows that end a season on a cliff-hanger if it isn't already renewed. Why? Because there is no guarantee of resolution. Even if it doesn't tie every loose end into a pretty bow, the immediate arc should play out.
Books are the same for me. Let me know the characters live on, as I do, but don't leave them in a soap opera fade-out. I just like knowing.
And, with incredibly few exceptions, spin-offs annoy me. Don't assume I'll follow another set of characters through your wilderness unless there's interest.
Chalk me up as one gal who likes a softly closed door, a setting sun, and a natural ending.
What's your least favorite way to end a series? Which series (books, movies, shows) have done it best?