It’s a funny thing, those times you sit in front of the computer screen with nothing in particular to say. Oh, it’s not like you have a lack of words in your head – it’s more like, none of them will form into anything cohesive. So, I’ve decided to ramble a little bit about a subject which has always, always, ALWAYS been my curse.
What do these characters have in common?
You see, ever since I began to pay attention to characters – in books, movies, tv shows, and the like – I noticed this funny (hahahahahaaha) little thing.
There’s an annoying little habit these characters have. It’s very irritating, and I wish they’d stop.
They’re all doomed.
And I’m not joking when I say ninety percent of the characters who endear themselves to me over the course of a book, movie, TV show, or whatever, bite the dust before the end. It’s awful. Every time I prepare to read a new eipic book, watch a new epic movie, or begin a new epic TV show, I have to mentally prepare myself (hint: it doesn’t work) for the fact that one, or possibly all, of my favorite characters will die.
Graham from Once Upon a Time.
Uncas from the Last of the Mohicans.
Scar from Predator vs. Aliens.
Robin, Guy, and Allan from BBC’s Robin Hood.
Trystam from King Arthur.
And I just sit there and feel like this:
Now, I’ve heard some people (I’m not naming any names) who claim I get to attached to these characters. Maybe so. But isn’t that what they’re for? If you never got attached to anyone, the book would not be worth reading. The movie would not be worth watching.
When I’m writing, I have a hard time killing off characters that I like.
So how can these people do it with such calm, cool, heartless precision?
It isn’t fair, I tell you, it isn’t fair.
I’m off to dress in black.