It should feel like this*:
I've discussed this before, here. And THANK YOU to Elle Strauss for reminding me of this epidemic in published fiction, with her blog post, here.
Authors and editors:
Endings should be BIG. The reader should be able to pinpoint the CLIMAX, the point where all the conflict that has been building over the course of the novel has finally reached its PEAK-- even if the book is part of a series, the ending of each book should resolve something. This should be the biggest, most INTENSE conflict of the entire novel. It should feel like a SHOWDOWN between the protagonist and the antagonist (whoever or whatever the antagonist happens to be).
The number one reason I knock off a star from a book rating is because the ending wasn't big enough or it didn't satisfy. This needs to stop. This needs to change. It's bringing down the quality of our reading choices.
* language warning