I think most of us will agree, there are lots of good reasons for killing off secondary characters. It can be used as a plot twist or turning point in the story. It can also bring about strong emotions like grief and revenge that can move the plot forward. But what about killing off your main character (MC)?
I don’t know if I could do it. For me, reading a book is an escape from the real world into a fantasy world. I want to go on adventures, fall in love all over again, travel to different worlds and experience the impossible. What I don’t want is to find myself a weeping mess by the end of the book. Personally, if I found out a MC in a book or a series ended up on the chopping block, I probably wouldn’t bother reading it. Why should I invest myself emotionally in a book if only to have my heart broken by the end? There are far too many good books out there that I could be reading instead. But maybe I just don’t ‘get it.’ Now of course you could argue it all depends on the story...but still, there something that feels terribly wrong about killing off a MC. Take the Harry Potter series for example. Do you think the books/movies would have been as successful if Harry ended up dying at the end? What about your book? Could you kill off your main character? Have you ever killed off your main character?
And on that charming note, stay safe Main Characters, stay safe.
Happy Friday all. (: