(by chris the cynic)
Are there unfinished works that interest or intrigue you? Ones that frustrate you? Ones of your own you’d like to say something about?
As November comes to a close, many of those who participated in National Novel Writing Months will find that instead of producing a full novel in a month they’ve produced an unfinished work in a month. Unfinished work is nothing new.
Vergil never finished the Aeneid. While he reached the end, there are places in it where he put in placeholder lines that he could tell at a glance were things he’d have to come back to, and he probably intended to revise the whole thing one last time after all of the placeholders had been replaced by completed verse. He died before he got the chance.
Giovanni Villani of Florence, a historian, also found his work cut short by mortality. He died of the Black Death in the middle of a sentence about the Black Death.
Book series of a certain length are prone to suffering author existence failure as well.
Other unfinished works are things that were simply shelved or abandoned. Check a fan-fiction site if you want to find thousands upon thousands collected in one place.
TV series also often meet this fate without anyone needing to die. How, one wonders, would John Doe, Surface, seaQuest, Nowhere Man, The Pretender, Sliders, Invasion, Lois and Clark, V: The Series, Earth 2, The Dead Zone, VR 5, Forever Knight, Kyle XY, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Mork and Mindy, Space: Above and Beyond, and [so many animated shows one could never hope to capture the scope by making an overly long list of excepts] have ended?
With unfinished works appearing throughout our world (though my examples have been somewhat chris-culture-centric) you probably have some thoughts related to them. Are any of those thoughts ones you might share? Because here is the place to do so.
[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]