In Defense Of Killing Off Main Characters

July 11, 2014 1:12 PM

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I killed a man,* and I liked it. I needed to do it, and I'm quite happy with the results. Some people, however, are not. One woman in particular seemed very upset, enough to send me an angry email. She was so mad that she didn't even respond when I wrote to her and explained why I killed him.

Look, bad guys die all the time in books and movies. No one sheds a tear for them, but they're just as alive and human as the fictional good guys, aren't they? But put a bullet in their brain, throw them from a bridge, and what you get from a reader is a nod, a smile, or, if you've done it especiall...

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