Okay, I got that out of the way. Isn't it true, though? Putting an epic soundtrack behind anything makes it sound epic. I could make putting in contacts sound epic if I put Lord of the Rings music behind it. (Sometimes, it takes me so long to put in contacts, that it really could be considered an epic task once I finally shove those buggers into my small, Asian eyes).
So I finished reading Stay With Me (Garret Freymann-Weyr) and you know when you read the ending of a book, and suddenly it feels like there should be some terrifically epic trumpet music behind it because you get that "ah ha!" moment? That is how I felt when I finished that book. Because it had resonance. I felt like that book was going to stay with me (edit: wow, that was a totally unintentional pun), that I was going to continue giving it thought later. I think that's when you can say a book officially had a successful ending, when it gives you reason to reflect on it.
It seems like an illusive quality, this resonance. Have you found a common thread in books with resonance? Or is it just something that happens when the writing is good?
(PS you know what is epic music is the soundtrack for Dragonheart, and I know this is like a 90's era film, but dammit people, if I didn't cry my freakin' eyes out when I watched it at the age of eight or whatever. I haven't seen it since, but I found the music on Youtube, and I am not lying to you when I say I was bawling by the end. Music can do that, I guess. Also, dying dragons do that.)