“Resolution” or “Recovery”?

Maybe “Recovery” is a better name for the final phase of a story than “Resolution.”Businessman Wearing Cape

I wrote,

If the post-climax is just a few beats that tie up loose ends, the story’s a bust. It should be people dragging their tattered carcasses back from an explosion that shook them to their foundations and struggling to make new sense of their lives.

…and I believe that; but except for Independence Day, I can’t think of a single story where it’s true; even in Rocky, everybody but the hero claimed their winnings or shook off their losses and left to go hit a bar.

What do you think, should the climax affect everyone, or just the hero?


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