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Happy Face Amy from My Friend Amy tweeted about this very question a while ago and it got me thinking.  Is a happy ending solely one where the guy gets the girl, or vice versa?  Or is it something else?  Does Gone With the Wind have a happy ending?  How about Anna Karenina?  Or The Road?
To go along with this question, Amy asked why Hollywood feels the need to change book endings to make them happy?  Is it because the powers that be feel that the audience cannot handle anything but these stereotypical happy endings?  Or is there another reason for the changes?
I am going to take it one step further.  If a book is popular and has become a best seller, but the ending of said book does not fit the Hollywood definition of a happy ending, Hollywood has proof that the audience can handle a not-so-happy ending, otherwise the book would not be so popular.  So why change the ending when the book is made into a movie?  What is this incessant need for happy endings in the traditional sense?
I know for my own part, some of the best endings are those that are still ambiguous because they are the most realistic.  Not every girl is going to get her guy or the dream job or live happily ever after.  I believe that too many fairy tale endings skew our perception of reality so that we expect our own fairy tale endings.  I like my books (and movies) to have a more realistic attitude towards happiness and feel that authors and movie directors alike could use their influence to help change our collective perception of just what it means to be happy.
However, I am curious what others feel about this topic.  Am I alone in this attitude?  Or is there something I am missing about the need for a happy ending? 
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