Should I kill him or keep him around?
Welcome to this week’s Open Book Blog Hop. This week we’re talking about the death of characters, or more specifically:
How do you feel about the death of fictional characters? These can be your own or those of other authors. How would you do it? Do you have a criteria for who can die? Would you ever kill off a named character?
If it’s pertinent to the story and isn’t for gore or shock value, I think this is a natural part of life and certainly, if done right, acceptable.
In Moving to You, I killed off a character. He was in a situation that wasn’t going to end well for him anyway, and with his death, I felt my heroine, would have a better chance of moving on without this character in the picture. I didn’t make it gory, and it was done, I hope with a touch of realism and respect. Now, keep in mind that I write contemporary romance and that worked for me. If I wrote in a different genre, it would be different. For instance, paranormal romance. Characters can die and then come back, or not.
Now, for killing off a named character, well, as with the character in Moving to You, he was a named character and very important to my heroine, but I felt like he needed to go. In the end, he either had to die or go to jail and I couldn’t see sending him to jail. He had a bad heart anyway, so I just let him go. It worked and I’ve not had anyone tell me they were mad about that.
How do you feel about this? Would you kill off a character or if you’re reading a book and a character dies, how do you feel about that?
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