This event usually takes place in action, adventure type fiction stories. There are many reasons why an author kills a character. If it is one of the bad guys…well, that usually doesn't bother the reader. After all they deserved to die because of their previous misdeeds. Right?
But what about when the author kills a good guy? There are many reasons for this and authors have many motives for killing someone. For one reason, good seldom prevails over bad without there being a cost. That cost is usually a living soul rather than a material object. Perhaps the writer has reached a point in the story when the character is no longer needed. He/she, the character, doesn't have a place in the progression of the story. They're usually one of the minor characters anyway so why continue to develop them. Developing a character takes time and effort. That's the simple reason. Out of the book out of the mind. (chuckle)
But what if it's one of the main characters? Again, there are many reasons. Maybe the character's death helps in the development of another character or spurs some type of action. There is also the emotional effect on the reader. Let's face it, most authors like to draw the reader into their stories. They want the reader to feel joy, triumph, loss and pain as if they are part of the tale rather than just an outsider looking in. Ending a character's life whether they a good or bad, is one way of doing this.
Readers please share your thoughts about this.
Authors, what are some of the reasons you kill a character?
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