It’s a blurry picture, but the only one I have, so enjoy!
We attended this one mostly because a friend said they’d be in the crowd, but like so many of the topics, it was very interesting.
Death was discussed as a concept in fiction; its personifications and the role of killing of characters.
Panellists: Liz de Jager, Richard Ford, Paul Cornell, Sarah Lotz, Joe Abercrombie, Jenni Hill
– The grim reaper is a character on cartoon network: death can be gentle and kind.
– Some authors, such as George R R Martin seem to kill of characters when they begin to become fantasy archetypes.
– The ‘disney death’ tends to mean someone isn’t dead; but this can be seen as a bit cheap – it’s not always good to have second chances.
– Sometimes characters die ‘off screen.’
– Kill an animal to upset readers.
– Think about a character’s last words or if they don’t get the chance.
– Death shouldn’t be what the character deserves; give what they don’t deserve.
– Often a female character is killed to fuel a male one, or vice versa.