Ever read a novel and the worst imaginable thing happens, your favourite character dies? I’ve done that several times.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin is very well-known for doing this. Now as a very popular TV series, named after the first novel, Game of Thrones is showing an expanded audience what it’s like to have many of your favourite characters kick the bucket.
You go through several stages. Disbelief and shock, unable to accept that it happened. You think that somehow they’ll come back. You feel resentful of the author for killing the characters. Finally, you accept that it happened and continue on.
Is it good for the book? I think it creates a lot of drama. For a series like A Song of Ice and Fire, it creates a feeling that anything can happen. You have to accept that anyone can die. Very few do it like Martin does.
I’ve read some others where not many die, but my favourite character dies. That comes as more of a shock than the deaths in Westeros.
But what do you think? How do you take the deaths of your favourite characters? Please don’t post spoilers.