character death

November 9, 2009

Death Rides a Red Pen

In fiction, death is anything but irreversible. Characters that die, can come back to life. In fact, in vampire fiction characters have to die to come back as vampires. Why is death so transient in fiction? Because in real life we can’t bring people back, but under the writer’s microscope men who have been dead for centuries are given voice again. Is it any wonder that writers love to bring people back from the grave? Of course, some deaths receive a really obvious red pen – in the next episode, the next season, the next film or the next book. […]