Monday, July 12, 2010
Characters: Who Should Die?
Adding another log to the fire of my blazing (well smoldering) glory, Berin Stephens (Dragon War Relic)reviewed Heroes of the Fallen here and I wanted to pass that on.
Considering the feedback I have received from a lot of reviews I am pondering the sheer number of characters.
When I wrote the first short stories-which will come into play in Book 3, I intended to only have a few key characters-Amaron and Zelph. My thinking at the time had been comparing what I really loved-Robert E. Howard and JRR Tolkien to what I merely liked-Robert Jordan, George RR Martin. I wanted to bridge the two because I do like the epic scope that the latter bring but I always thought they had too many characters that took away momentum from who I wanted to hear stories about~the Heroes.
But to fully envelope the beginning of the end (as I see it) for my full tale, it took a lot of characters initiating events that would manipulate the prime characters lives-and not a single person has accused me of wasting time or being (heaven forbid) dull.
So in answer to a lot of commotion I have read-guess what? A lot of people die in Blood of Our Fathers. The theme of the book is sacrifice and the herd will be thinned dramatically. I took a count some months ago and 50% of the characters won't make it to book 3. This was always the plan it's just getting initiated later than perhaps expected. It used to be one book after all.
Who will or won't? Hopefully someone you care about.
If you have read the book let me know who should die-and if you haven't throw someone off the tower anyway.