Killing Characters

As readers, we hate when the author kills a character, especially if it’s one we liked. As authors, all we can think about is how to make the character’s life more difficult. It seems contradictory if you ask me. However, the things we hate also draw us to the books to begin with. For example, when I read the third book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, I was angry. I couldn’t believe she killed the main character. I happened to complete the series around the time the movie Divergent came out, so I refused to go see the movie. Then a couple months later I see previews for a movie called “If I Stay.” Luck have it, this movie is based off a novel. So, I picked up the novel. Now, I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but based on what I saw of the previews the main character gets into an accident and is fighting for her life. Another example would be “The Fault In Our Stars.” The main character is fighting for her life, but likeable hero (so to speak) dies. Do you see the problem?

1 thought on “Killing Characters”

  1. Agree that we don’t like it when characters are killed. But just imagine, if any of them were not killed?? Would the book still have the same effect on the reader? I don’t think so!!
    BTW, I would like to add one more…Sirius Black in Harry Potter Series, made me cry so much 😦

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