Tuesday, September 3, 2013
I just thought of this. It is something that I wondered about and have asked other writers. How do you decide you are going to kill off a character? As Dr. Thomas said he didn’t know Megan was going to die, but that is what ended up happening. So I wanted to ask your thoughts about “killing” or “getting rid of” a character. Do you know from the beginning what is going to happen to your characters or does it just come to you?
For me personally I don’t like when characters I really like die. Yes of course I like it when the bad guy fails, but characters that I fall in love with I really hope they don’t die. A main example would be the Harry Potter series. I was so sad that some of the characters I enjoyed reading about died in the last book. I know it’s not realistic that all the good guys live and all the bad guys die, but I guess I really enjoy those super mega happy endings.
Now that I’m writing this I can see killing off a character being necessary and symbolic. Like in The Great Gatsby. I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone, but I really enjoyed the character, and I didn’t want them to die, but found their death more meaningful. I just want to know your thoughts and how you feel as a writer getting rid of a character that you spent time developing and getting close to and falling in love with them because they are of your own creation?