I love stories with a happily-ever-after. 90% (or better) of the books I read have an HEA. That's also what I like to write.
Recently, I asked some friends for author recommendations on a genre called Women's Fiction. They gave me many suggestions, such as Liane Moriarity, Sarah Addison Allen, and Kristin Hannah. I checked out their booklists and reviews. Each author sounds as if she writes beautiful books that readers love. But further research showed that their books often have sad, dark, or unsettling endings. I'm not sure I'm up to that.
It hasn't always been this way. I haven't always insisted on reading books (or watching films) where the villains receive justice and the girl rides off into the sunset with her adoring guy. But the real world has grown so much more complicated, certainly more for my daughters' generation that it was for mine. I want to focus on reading and writing stories that give me an escape from the bad stuff.
I won't pledge to give readers the ending of their dreams, the ending where all problems cease and life magically becomes perfect. I do, however, pledge to leave my protagonists on the road to happiness. There will be hope.