Is it okay for an author to kill off a main character? I hate when authors do this, but it’s definitely necessary to the plot at times. My author friend, Aeon Igni, had an awesome blog post about this that I just had to share.
One of my good friends, paranormal author Tara Rane, wrote a blog in November on happy endings (found here: http://tararane.com/2014/11/13/happy-endings/). Highlighting the Divergence series, she argued that when a work falls into certain genres, there is an implied verbal contract between the author and the reader that there will be a ‘happy ever after’ for the main characters at the end.
I really enjoyed the blog, and to a certain extent, I agree with the concept. However, I think that someone needs to speak for the other side. For those people who understand the necessity of sacrifice for the greater good, and aren’t afraid to write or read about it.
I lived in South Korea for almost eight years, and one of the classes I taught was comics for the animation department, so this admittedly gives me a different perspective. Koreans, and perhaps Asians in general, along with many other…
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