Should my main character die?

Should my main character die? Topic: Should my main character die?
June 18, 2019 / By Abi
Question: It's like this: my protagonist has already accepted the fact that she will die from book one, but there are a few problems with that happening in my plot. 1. Her major love interest would have no one to love, since he cannot believe that there ever would be anyone else for him. Then he wouldn't even try to find someone else. 2. The main character would never know if her actions and struggles were really worth it. But I can't have them living happily ever after because I would have to do some really outrageous things in order to make it work with my plot. Please help! Oh, and if you want a basic plot summary, I'll add it to the additional details section. I don't want anyone stealing my ideas :/
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Steven Steven | 3 days ago
I was told by a professor of creative writing that killing off a character cheats your readers out of a good resolution for that character's plot. I don't entirely agree (what would Macbeth be if Macbeth didn't die, after all?) but I think her point touches on an important premise: death is predictable. Allowing your character to live and still find a way to resolve their plot is more challenging, both to you as a writer and to your audiences, who may not expect your character to live and handle her problems as she does. Perhaps your character expects to die, but ultimately doesn't. This would throw your audience (as well as the other characters) for an enormous and exciting loop. This could also be the circumstance that allows the two characters in love to finally enter a relationship; was it the terminal condition of the main character that blocked this relationship? I hope these points help!
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Steven Originally Answered: What should I name my main character?
Here are a few French names: Adeline Aurore Brigette Cecile Celeste Clemence Corrine Irene Liliane Lucinde Maelle Maelys Monique Noelle Renee Rosemonde Suzette Tatienne Yvonne Hope this helps! Good luck with your story. =)

Pahath-Moab Pahath-Moab
Maybe a "near-death" experience would work better for the story, so that maybe while she's recovering from the whatever-happened she can see the outcome of whatever it was that she was fighting for and the 'major love interest' will still have someone to love. (not really sure because I don't know the exact plot, but I understand you wanting to keep the plot to yourself) Hope this helps!
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Lindsay Lindsay
Write several endings and see which one feels most satisfying. However, having the narrator die (if they are the same as the protagonist) precludes using first person.
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Jarod Jarod
No! Ok, maybe, but I think most people (okay, probably just me) don't like it when you kill off the main character. That being said, probably you should just think about which kind of ending you want and choose for yourself... You know what's best for your story!!
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Fredric Fredric
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!... I hate when authors do that. I feel really empty and hollow at the end and it pisses me off!
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Fredric Originally Answered: A movie that the main character had to make a important decision?
Remember the titans. -there are many examples in this movie where there is more than one main character who has to make one. The dark knight. -when the prisoners are on one boat and the civilians are on a different boat both have explosives on board with the detonators to each others boats. CASABLANCA (1942) -your teacher would be impressed. the final decision is made at the end when Rick made the most important decision to send Ilsa back with her husband. He saw her need to be with him and it made the movie all that much better.--( if you dont like any of these just make a list there are many movies with this conflict

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