Mel, I hate cliffhangers, too! I know many authors love them and think it will get readers to buy the next book, but I think that the story has to at least reach a resting point to register as satisfactory to readers.
Good point about modernizing old storylines. We’ve already read that version of Beauty and the Beast a billion times! But readers enjoy fresh takes on old stories, so what if the female MC wasn’t helpless, or if she was the Beast, etc.