The pleasure and pain of fictional death.
How do you feel about killing off characters? Be it book, movie, or show, there is always so much perverse pleasure from a well-deserved and gruesome death of an evil character, and beautiful sorrow in the death of a character we love. We love the emotion; the turmoil and angst. Shows like the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones depend on the tension derived from the sense that no one is safe. Any character could die at any moment. We're biting our nails. We're clenching our tissues. We're clasping our hands with gleeful anticipation. Who is going to be next? And perhaps more importantly, how are they going to meet their end?
I am a happy ending kind of girl, but I have to admit, the death of a much-loved character wrenches emotions from my soul in a way that is both terrible and wonderful at the same time.
You'll find some of the most creative deaths by Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, and Sci fi writers. They are diabolically ingenious.
Particularly when it comes to thinking up ways to kill off their characters.
A few of my author friends in the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans were recently asked:
What is the most gruesome way you've ever killed off a character in your book?
Here are a few of their answers. WARNING: Some answers are quite graphic, proceed at your own risk.
Which answer is your favorite? I'm going to keep collecting answers until I get to 101, so check back or add your own in the comments and I'll include them!
It's always tough to take a chance on a new author. With so many options, and limited time, how do you decide what book to read next?
As an editor, I am exposed to a variety of book types and genres. But as a reader, I tend to be a little more selective. That is why I love lists that compare authors or books, allowing me to find more books or authors similar to the ones I already love.
How do my books compare? If you like Veronica Roth's Divergent series, or the Hunger Games, you might like my new book Reaper. Reaper is a futuristic, slightly dystopian, somewhat post-apocalyptic romance novel.
Where can you find some good "read-alike" book lists? Goodreads has compiled lots of Read Alikes. I have also compiled lists of books to read, including books like Divergent and books like Hunger Games (as I promised in my post title).
Have you found any great reading lists lately? Share them with me!