Reblogged from Armand Rosamilia’s Dying Days website.
In my third and final book of The Breadwinner Trilogy, I went with the title of “All Good Things.” The title, from what I’ve heard, has been interpreted in the two different ways, as my opening sentence asks.
For those of you that don’t know, the survivors in my trilogy have been through it all. Life, death, loss, escaping the deadly clutches of the dead, and fighting even fellow survivors to make sure they make it out alive at the end. They keep building themselves up, grasping at this hope that they can find and rebuild some semblance of solace or normalcy, only to be knocked back down, one tragic step at a time.
So when considering the phrase “all good things come to those who wait” would the events at the end of the book, All Good Things, make sense? Certain people meet specific fates, tailored specifically to the type of character that they were. And even with the ends met in previous books like The Breadwinner and Haven, I always like to make sure that characters come full circle. The good things come to those who wait for it, and the bad, well, the same can be said for the bad, couldn’t it? Because perhaps the antagonists aren’t exactly waiting around for good things to happen anyway.
On the other end of things, the phrase “all good things come to an end” does ring true, and on many different levels. When thinking about real life, it’s true, nothing lasts forever, and all things must have an eventual end. So when you’re experiencing the zombie apocalypse, you take what good you can, and you have to, because there aren’t a lot of good things left in the world. And that’s what the characters do, and maybe in some cases, as in the second book, Haven, good things are sometimes taken for granted, and the characters are forced to find the good in a bad situation that has already come to pass in their zombie apocalypse scenario.
In All Good Things, we come to find that the characters grow complacent, just like regular people in everyday life. With a solid zombie-proof resort, what could possibly go wrong? Complacency my friends, complacency.
Complacency is a real killer, and so it can be assumed, without giving too much away, that complacency, and, oh yeah, the addition of one evil bitch to the mix of characters, is responsible for an end to all the good things.
Or maybe it’s not…
Maybe you should read the books and find out who truly is responsible, or if anyone is responsible at all! Or if there’s even anything good to begin with… maybe everybody dies in book one and it’s all just a dream!
Okay, sorry, I’ve gone off course now…
But, as I was saying… just as with everything else, all things have an end, including trilogies. I found it a perfect name to accompany my final chapter of what has been a fun series for me to write. I bid farewell to characters that have held important head space of mine for about two years now, and I really made it a point to see that everyone, whether the reader found the outcome good or bad, had things come to an end in a manner that suited their character the best.
Maybe you’ll be the next judge of whether All Good Things did indeed come to an end or not…
Stevie Kopas was born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She currently resides in sunny Florida and will never turn down a cup of coffee, or, depending on the time of day, a glass of red wine. She is the author of The Breadwinner Trilogy and other short stories that can be found in the charity horror anthology, At Hell’s Gates. Stevie is currently working on her next novel, Earth to Millie, and is also the managing editor of the awesome horror and metal site, . She is an avid gamer, obsessed with time travel, and lover of all things apocalypse. She hopes to come back in her next life as a CL4P-TP, or, Claptrap for short.
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