Hi, I'm back. I have a new powercord, and I will finish taking notes on the book I'm currently reading and review it soon. I took a detour for the Stormlight Archives, but I just finished the most recent one, so I'm back to this.
So... this is a bit of a rant. It's been annoying me for a very long time. Characters just do not stay dead. It's ridiculous. It's gotten to the point where I'm not even upset if a character dies. If they come back, I knew they would, and if they don't, at least they had the grace to actually die.
As mentioned above, I've been reading the Stormlight Archives, by Brandon Sanderson. Each of the two books that are out are over 1,000 pages long, so I decided against a dedicated review. For the record, they were pretty good, and Brandon Sanderson is awesome (his Alcatraz Smedry series is worth checking out for younger readers, although be warned that the series is unfinished, probably permanently). However, I don't think a single main character (and several minor ones) has actually died. (That's not fair. They die a lot. They just come back.)
Oh, and on the off-chance that someone really important is reading this, they'd make great movies.
My favorite character died, and I barely cared. I knew she'd be back- that's how books work (she was, although she took an annoyingly long time about it). Character deaths aren't shocking anymore. There are so many false deaths that even the real ones lose meaning. Even when someone pulls a Veronica Roth (she pulled out at the last second and didn't quite complete her culling of all known characters) or a George R.R. Martin (whose reputation is rather unfounded; aside from the Ned Stark thing he really does Disney-death quite a lot), it's still only marginally better. There's no sense of balance anymore. Either all the characters die or none of them do. Some try a J.K Rowling and kill off some but not all, but even then people are annoyed because they wanted a certain character to live or die.
Lupin didn't even get an on-screen death? Seriously?
And yes, that's important in writing. I mean, no one wanted LOTR to end with Frodo just giving up and letting Sauron win, right? Even though I'd predicted the ending from a long way off (admittedly through the movies, but it was still a pretty impressive feat), the ending still carried some weight. Boromir couldn't have just tripped and fallen off a cliiff. Meaningless deaths are no better than false ones.
Seriously, J.K. Rowling? A magic death curtain?
And finally... is anyone reading this? I see the views, so surely someone has looked at it, but no comments on how terrible it is or anything. I'd appreciate some sign that you exist.