When Good Characters Die (spoiler alert)

MasterharperPernHave you ever been reading a series of books that were so good, you felt the characters were like old friends? You get to know them, you like their wit, you get invested in their fictional lives and then WHAM…the author kills them off! Most readers realize that in a long running series there can be some collateral damage, like the red shirt guys from the old Star Trek TV series. It’s just that you expect it to be a character you are acquainted with, not someone you have become emotionally invested in as the series progressed.

If you are anything like me when a favorite character dies, it hits you hard. I actually cried when Masterharper Robinton, from Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern series, died. He was so wise and kind.… And while my friend and I discussed this topic, she had a slight quaver to her voice as she talked about one of Agatha Christie’s characters, Detective Poirot, dying. Continue reading

What Kind of Reader are You?

cyoaA while ago I learned something about a friend that surprised me.  She always reads the end of the story first to see if she wants to read the book.  “If the ending is a letdown, then why waste my time?” Wow, I had never thought of it that way before.   I always assumed that everyone read books the way I do from front to back.  So I asked her why would you read it at all if you know how it ends?  She said it’s because she got to discover how the events unfolded to get to the story’s resolution. Continue reading