If there's anything I love to hate more, it's a cliffhanger. I will spend an entire novel hoping for one, while praying to the book gods that I'm wrong. I'm invested emotionally, allowing the author to string me along, hoping the characters pull through unscathed.
Every genre novel is a novel of suspense. The literary novelist desires the reader to ask, "What does it mean?" The genre novelist wishes more than anything to hear the reader ask, "And then what happened?"
We know nothing about President Obama's meeting on Wednesday with CEOs to discuss the fiscal cliff. But we can hope that it was hostile and unproductive, because the CEOs are hypocrites with terrible ideas.