Death of The Majors: Why I’m At Peace With Character Deaths.

First things first, credit where credit is due. This post was inspired by a post by Faye over at The Social Potato. You can check her post out here and here is her twitter for good measure.

When I first started reading YA way back in 2008, the concept of a major character death horrified me. I hated them and I found them pointless. It used to annoy me so much that I put a lot of time and effort in to character and they basically died on me.

Fast-forward six years, I have come to be at peace with the death of a main character. Sometimes I even welcome the idea.

Every now and again, I think death is necessary. Especially when there is a huge conflict such as a war or a revolution happening in the book. I think if everyone comes out from these situations unscathed, the conflict in question was pointless to present itself in the first place. Also, if a character is taking numerous risks and death happens as a result of said risks, I am fine with that also. Risks don’t always pay off and I want that reflected in the realist way possible in my reads.

However, I am not okay with some character deaths and do be aware of some subjectivity about to come into play on my part. I think a character death needs to be justified. It is very rare that they are not but it is truly annoying when this does happens. Another pet peeve of mine is when a “catalyst character” dies. A character who is the whole reason for the books plot. I am not going to spoil anything, but you can probably guess which books I am referring to.

The most infuriating thing of all about character’s deaths regardless of my thoughts are the bi-products of them: the fans reaction. I think fans who attack authors over the deaths of their characters are too much. I think it is unfair on an author who can’t please everyone.

So these are my thoughts on the deaths of the majors. As long as they have some level of justification I am more than okay with them. Failing that, fanfiction is a thing.

No spoilers in the comments pretty please!