Killing Them Softly
June 17, 2013 6 Comments
How many of you read/watched GAME OF THRONES? Were you expecting all that bloodshed and death? Judging from the internet uproar, I don’t think a lot of those watching the show were ready. For those of you who knew what was coming, are you snickering at them?
I haven’t seen or read the series. I don’t know, it’s just not my cup of tea and now that this has happened, I’m kind of glad I didn’t get involved. Hell, I’m still upset they killed off Andrea on WALKING DEAD, but as a writer I understand that sometimes these things happen. Whether to motivate the other characters, or to remove/invigorate a stale/stalled plotline, sometimes beloved characters have to make the ultimate sacrifice. My question is; in the case of Gof T and WD, how much is too much before reader loyalty is called into question?
Readers like to connect to characters, that’s the first thing writers are told. Readers chose their favourites and don’t take it well when you kill them off. This means they have to pick a new favourite, and what happens if the author decides to kill that one off? Should the reader invest more time and energy into connecting with another character, just to get to the end of the book? Or will they put the story down and not bother anymore?
I’m not an idiot, I understand that the two examples I used have worlds that are harsh and that death is a natural by-product of those worlds, but it does make you think.