A while back, as part of my grand resolution list for 2016, I vowed to read for pleasure again. You warned me–you really did. And yet, there I was, starting for the third time to read George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones. I’d always stopped after chapter two, reminding myself I don’t read epic fantasy.
This time, I reminded myself that I had loved Lord of the Rings very much once my friend Nick finally shamed me into reading it. So I plowed on, the book feeling deceptively small since I’m reading it on Kindle.
Until a couple of days ago, when I re-read a horrific event three times to make sure I hadn’t misread it, looked at the bottom of the Kindle screen and realized I was at the 1% mark. One percent of that damned book read, and I’d already had my heart broken.
You did try to warn me. Don’t get attached to the characters–the “great bearded glacier” is infamous for killing off his characters.
Which made me think of a couple of books I have coming down the pike that have some major character deaths in them. (No I’m not saying which books or which characters because a) it would be spoilerific and b) I might change my mind or c) my editor might change my mind.)
How do you guys feel about characters’ deaths in the books you read? I was thinking about the thing that shocked me so in this book, occurring especially so early, and about the fate of characters. I think it has to serve a purpose. So far, the immediate purpose of this particular bit of heinousness is to establish the evil nature of the two other characters involved. It certainly accomplished that–I’ll cheer when those characters die.
I think the character death that hit me the hardest was that of Kisten in Kim Harrison’s HOLLOWS series. I didn’t understand why it was necessary. In fact, it took me three books to finally accept that he really wasn’t coming back. Hearing the author’s explanation that it wasn’t time for Rachel to have her happily-ever-after, which she was about to have with Kisten, so he had to go…well, as an author that made sense to me. As a reader, I still sigh over the loss of Kisten.
How about you? Have you had a memorable book character death that hit you hard? Did you think about why it was done?
Share your thoughts for a TBR book or two! Oh, and if you wondered where I stole “the great bearded glacier” and “Crack for the nerds,” I have to credit the Geek and Sundry Youtube video that cracked me up even before I began reading this massive tome.