no sad stories...
I have enough sad stories in real life...when I read or watch a movie, I want to be entertained, not drained.
When Nate was diagnosed with cancer, all these years ago, and was so ill, we were at his bedside constantly, afraid to leave. Our son's doctor insisted we go out for a nice dinner and movie, a bottle of wine, a respite...we went to see "Terms of Endearment"...Hah! Unawares of the storyline...we were not entertained...it was...awful.
Now, I like to read nonfiction, about others lives...it doesn't need a happy ending for not all lives have happy endings but my fiction needs to be entertaining or have a great good ending...to fill the void of loss, pain or suffering that I experience in my real life...entertain me dammit!
The red pony and old yeller both die horribly in the end. Really great books but not for me.