I've been going back and forth about an epilogue I've written for my manuscript. So many times I've been told that readers don't like their stories all tied up with a happy ending and a pretty bow. They like the main conflict resolved and that's it. Characters learned, people were changed, the story is over.
But, for me, I like mostly happy endings and if I've loved the characters I want to know more---and that is why I like epilogues. I like finding out what happened to characters after the main conflict is over. For me, it's okay to find a little happiness after a life-changing event or to see how life went on.
I really like the epilogue I've written and think it ties my story together nicely. And it gives a little more depth to the ending for my characters. But if it's true readers don't like epilogues, maybe I've written it for the small minority of readers (like me) who like epilogues. I just don't know.
So, tell me dear readers, do you like epilogues? Should I include one or not?