Confession: I am a HUGE Southland fan.
What is Southland? The most awesome cop show ever.
Why? Because it's awesome.
Okay, okay... I'm not making much sense, BUT trust me. Grittiest streets of L.A. + Flawed yet relatable characters + Emotionally charged plot arcs + Up-close filming that makes you feel like you're in the scene =
AND Ben McKenzie from The O.C. in it. *fist pump*
So. Why I am talking to you about Southland today, you ask? In this week's (super awesome) episode, a character died. A character I l-o-v-e-d. But this character's death was important to move other stories forward. To make other characters change their priorities and reevaluate who they really are.
Even so, the death hurt me. A lot. *sobs*
That got me thinking about books. Specifically, about creating characters we become attached to as writers, then having to let them go in order to propel the plot in the best direction for the story.
This week's question: how do you choose which characters to kill in your stories? Do you like dropping the axe on them, or do you sob like me?