Monday, April 7, 2014

When a Character Dies

by Kate Collins

As a writer, I know how difficult it is to kill off a character in a book, and as a reader, I know how difficult it is to accept. So it's been interesting to read the comments from fans of the TV series, "How I Met Your Mother."  For anyone who followed the show through its nine year run, it had to be tough to handle that ending. And from comments I've seen, many haven't been happy about it.

I remember when "Lost" ended, and how dissatisfied viewers were with it. My biggest disappointment wasn't how but that it actually was over. I really looked forward to that night to see what would happen next.

And then there are mystery series where a main character dies. Truthfully, after following a series through several books, I felt grief.

In my Flower Shop mystery series, I've debated a few times about the fate of one of my characters, but when it came down to plotting the death, I couldn't do it. I like my recurring characters too much, and I have a feeling fans of the series feel the same way. In my opinion, for whatever that's worth, we go through enough tragedy that we don't need to lose a beloved character as well.

But do TV shows fall into that category? By the mixed reaction the characters in "How I Met Your Mother" got, I'm not sure any of them were beloved. I could be wrong -- it's happened once or twice -- so I'd love your opinion.

Are you upset when a character in your favorite show dies? Are you more upset when the show ends? What did you think about "How I Met Your Mother"?