I think we can all agree that deaths are the worst part of reading. Yes, some of them we hope for and are alright with. Others not so much. I put books off because I can't handle the thought of a character I am fond of dying. Now, I am a very emotional person. I have a lot of books feels, so some people not be sad about a character death. Others cry. I have asked tons of people who read about how they feel. The results always vary. But I found it is pretty common that we get emotional and sad when a character we love dies.
I went into The Fault in Our Stars by John Green knowing that Augustus was going to die. I was even mentally prepared! Did that stop me from bawling like a baby? Not at all. There are also times when I am school and an important character, or favorite of mine that ends up dying. It is so hard not to get emotional about it most times. Especially if it is in the middle of the series or the end.
Out of my curiosity I asked on twitter how other bloggers, readers, and ect. felt about book deaths. Here is what they had to say:
— Sabrina Handal (@Shandal96) August 20, 2014
@thebookbratz Emotionally scarred describes it pretty well.
— My Not So Real Life (@MyNSRL) August 20, 2014
@thebookbratz Depends on how they died. If it was an honourable death, I'd be more okay with it than not.
— Ri (Hiver et Café) (@Astaraya) August 20, 2014
@thebookbratz Oh, I cry abundant tears for hours & throw my book against the wall then I pick it up again to read but it's just more tears.
— Sarah Kliora (@sarahgraykay) August 20, 2014
@thebookbratz I cry, usually alot. If the death makes sense to the story I'm ok with it but if it's random or added shock value not so much.
— Katie (@PolishedPage) August 20, 2014
So reactions vary depending on the scenario. So here are some questions I have for you:
- What was the last book that you read where you were shocked about a character death?
- What is your reaction when your favorite/main character dies?