Thursday, 11 June 2015

Be Nice To Your Characters

A few weeks ago I was re-re-re-re-something-reading Harry Potter. Outside of how awesome it is there's one more thing that series is famous for; everyone you love dies. It's especially true in the later books. Outside of everyone dying J.K is incredibly cruel to Harry Potter the character. Every time something good happens to him something terrible does right after. His life is terrible even after he joins the wizarding world. I've come to the conclusion J.K actually hates him, or was extremely depressed at the time of writing.
I'm told she was legit depressed while writing this and didn't know how to end it
Since finishing Harry Potter I started reading a different series by my favourite author. Right now the characters do go through a lot of bad things and they do get hurt, but so far no one has died. Nothing has gone tragically wrong. That's the kind of thing I prefer.

Don't get me wrong; I get that characters have to be tested. It's just like life; things have to go wrong so that they can go right. Stories are about characters overcoming issues and problems and making things go right again after they've gone wrong. Things going wrong doesn't necessarily have to mean tragedy though. If you insist on killing a character then make it be relevant and necessary to the plot. Even if you do that, there's no need to further make life terrible for your characters.

One of the hardest things for me to admit on a literary perspective is that the major deaths, the ones before the final battle, are essential to the plot. Ultimately I can see how they all worked out. Except one. To this day I still haven't gotten over the death of Sirius and I see very little point to it.

9 comments:

  1. Yeah, tell that to George RR Martin.

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    1. Ned Stark, Robb Stark, Caitlyn Stark, Joffrey Baratheon....
      Oh, check that last one.

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    2. I know I should read Game of Thrones, and to be honest I'll probably enjoy it. It sounds like the kind of thing I'd enjoy. Knowing all the characters die is what puts me off of giving it a go.

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  2. ^what she said

    Who is your favourite author? I'm desperate for new books!

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    1. Garth Nix. If you need new books the man has written about 20+. The Old Kingdom series is fantastic. It's only three books too. The fourth is coming out soon and I've got it on preorder.

      Squeeeeee.

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  3. "Everyone you love dies."
    You sure you weren't reading "Game of Thrones"?

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    1. My understanding is at least in Game of Thrones a lot of people you hate die too. Except Tyrion who seems to still be alive. If he isn't at this point I'd like to not know.

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    2. Tyrion started out as someone you hate but then .. you will start to like him. Same goes for Jamie.

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  4. I tend to read happy stories for this reason.

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