I seem to have developed a real problem keeping my characters in the ground.
A lot of you already know that Seth was never intended to survive past the end of Asylum, but he’s just the beginning. I honestly think it all started with us being unable to commit to killing of another MC’s sister–even though the plot sort of demanded it–but maybe we can blame Seth. He’s usually my scapegoat of choice.
We’re not talking some Goku-esque, absolutely ridiculous inability to stay dead, more like canon I thought was canon is kind of refusing to stay canon. Some of our resurrections were planned–a lot of “I thought you were dead but I never actually saw proof of it and don’t get me wrong, I’m totally happy you’re still alive but seriously, I thought you were dead!!!”–but some of them (most of them on my end, honestly) really should be dead. They’ve escaped by the grace of “Well, you’ve never actually stated that I’m dead, and I’ve brought you this lovely bundle of backstory as how I could be not dead, so can I please, pretty please come play with everyone else?”
How do you look in those big, soulful eyes and say no?
I’ve been trying, believe me. It seems hard to trust an author that keeps randomly surprising you with people who should not be. But they’re all good surprises, so you’ll forgive me, right?
I know a lot of authors are loathe to kill of characters in the first place, but I am not that author. If Caitlin is the matchmaker of our story, I am the grave digger, more than happy to put someone six-feet-under for almost any reason at all. But at this rate, maybe I should consider another profession, cause they’re just popping back up like willful little daisies.
As a reader, how do you feel about character deaths? How attached do you have to be for them to matter? On-screen vs implied? Or even before the tale was ever set? And what about when they come back? Do you lose faith in the author, or gleefully eat up the happy ending?