Lately it seems like I've been reading more and more books where one of the main characters gets killed off. And I'm not talking about books where people are sick or dying or something because well, kind of expected. I mean fantasy/dystopian/paranormal books.
I have to say, I HATE THIS. I get to know the characters, a lot of times over multiple books, I'm emotionally invested in them, and then boom, let's kill off one of the main characters. WHY???? What really gets me is when it seems so pointless, which is most of the time. Is it for shock value? To be different? (which it's not if it's happening more and more). Is it to be realistic? (You know, people are dying left and right but then magically, the main characters don't. Part of me gets this, but still).
I recently read a book where BOTH of the main characters die at the end. And I think (not sure, since the main characters died and it was dual POV) that a lot of the other characters died too. I was like, what?? So disappointing. I mean, I read three books and everyone dies at the end? What was the point?
The only time I actually thought it was well done was a long time ago when I was reading a book written in first person and the first chapter ends with that person dying. Then the POV shifted to a new character. First of all, so unexpected. Second, not at all emotionally invested in that character so I didn't mind. Other than that, I never like it when it happens and honestly, I just want the main characters to end up happy together. Those are the books I want to read again and again and recommend to people.
Have you noticed this happening more and more lately? Do you hate it? Think it's necessary?
Posted by: Pam