Were you made red with range over the ending of the often excellent mini-series Amber – or did you feel it was fresh and realistic? Is it possible to break the rules as much as they did? Many hated the ending while others defended it fiercely. Who was right?Lauryn Canny as Amber: Can you break the rules of screenwriting?

This week I’ve been guest posting on Yvonne Grace’s blog Script Advice and looking at how writers can create unusual endings and avoid the wave of anger that the makers of Amber faced. (SPOILER ALERT – obviously to do this, I had to touch on details of the ending itself)

THE AMBER BLOG – How To Break The Rules And Get Away With It

You may have noticed a great noise on social media over the ending of RTE’s successful mini-series, Amber, which finished on UK TV last week. Many people took great exception to the ending of an otherwise powerful four-part series about a missing teenager, while others (the producers included) defended it strongly as being a refreshing change. So, if you haven’t finished the final part yet, you may not want to read the rest now.

For those of you who are still with me, Amber broke one of the fundamental rules of crime drama. It didn’t solve the mystery. In episode one, 14 year-old Amber Bailey goes missing, sparking a nationwide search, and episode four ends with no further understanding of what happened to her.

Cue general outrage.

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