'And then I woke up' is the standard ending to a large percentage of stories
written by children. Having described exciting and impossible adventure
s with space ship
s, talking rabbit
s, flying houses, large red dragon
s, etc., and written themselves into a corner there is no way to bring the story back to a coherent, logical ending.
'Oh, it was all a dream!' is the best possible cop-out
if you run out of steam or can't find an answer to why the very large monster
has not wiped out the city.
Every primary school
teacher has seen thousands upon thousands of versions of this ending. Almost every primary school teacher has been reduced to a whimpering wreck when finding ten of these in every pile of a dozen stories. Soap opera
devotees may also have run across one or seventeen examples of this literary device
But even John Bunyan
was guilty of this, "oh well, now what?" sort of ending. Pilgrim's Progress
concludes with the classically dreadful line:
"So I awoke, and behold it was a dream."