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Sometimes, it’s better to forget everything.
Bittersweet endings are among my favorite endings in fiction. Naturally, I like them in Romance too, but they are rarer due to the Happily Ever After Aspect of Romance. Bittersweet Happily Ever Afters can come in the form of Amnesia Ever After.
Amnesia Ever After happens when a character forgets their past, or has their memory altered, to the point were they don’t remember a specific person or group of people important in their life. While it is devastating that the character has forgotten the person(s) who meant to much to them, their amnesia is the reason that they are allowed to survive in universe. Usually, it’s because of some curse or other fantasy force that the other characters use a loop hole around to bring back their friend or have the character reincarnated in a fashion. Through their amnesia, the character is granted a second chance to be with the people that loved them.
Amnesia Ever After is a trope that’s on the rarer side. I haven’t come across it many times. In fact, the only two books that I remember explicitly having it was the last book in the Rebel Belle series, Lady Renegades, and The Siren by Kiera Cass.
A lot of people were not fans of Lady Renegades, but I personally liked it because of Amnesia Ever After. It was heart wrenching to see one of our characters for get the person that loved them, but it was also so fulfilling to see them get a second chance at life and a relationship with another character.
I wish Amnesia Ever After was explored more. I love having my heart torn out when the character with amnesia doesn’t recognize the people that love them. In general, I wish the bittersweet aspect of endings was explored more. Bittersweet endings are a topic for another day, but Amnesia Ever After is one of my favorite off shoots of it.
You can check out the two examples I mentioned here on my Goodreads shelf for the Amnesia Ever After.
My Verdict: Bring on the pain. I RELISH it.