Characters Death

A main character’s death in a story can make or break the story. Now I personally don’t like when one of the main characters I invested my feelings in dies. I am so torn up I can barely finish the novel (can’t see the words with all the stupid tears blocking my vision). But I will always remember how that book made me cry, how I become emotionally invested in not only the characters but the book itself and the world it took me to. I will also look for books by that author or authors.

Killing off a main character that has accomplished all the goals he set out to do and dying before fully enjoying his accomplishments, that has a negative impact on the book in my opinion. Even if there were someone there to acknowledge his accomplishments or reap the benefits of what he accomplished, has a negative impact on the reader. Of course there are talented authors out there where they can do this and still spin it where the main character death can be emotionally positive to the readers even if it causes a roaring storm of anger, grief and disappointment in their readers’ hearts, but those authors are few and far between.

When the main character death happens it has to be the right moment. There has to be a lot of work before the death. It doesn’t hinges on if the character is a saint or a devil, or the deeds they did whether bad or good (those play a part too but only a small part). What really matters are how they affected other people lives and if they were true to themselves. And if one person/character is affected by the characters actions or words it can offset a bomb in the readers’ heart creating a chaos of confusing emotion with the bottom line being there is a potential for growth in all people. That is the best time to kill them off when they showed the potential for growth so that it will cut the deepest in the readers’ heart and also drill in a lesson that has not been overstated.

This method can make a big impact on the story in the romance genre, but it also versatile and may work in other genres as well.
If you are an author you have to write your own path and a character death can be tricky path to cross.

Sub-Genres That Goes Well With Romance

Well for a romance to be good it has to have a good secondary genre. As you could probably tell I like my romance splashed with a little bit of other worldly. Unfortunately sci-fi and paranormal is not always the best for a good romance.

What makes the best sub-genre for romance?

Sub-genres are important especially for romance. 300 pages of falling in love and happiness is hard to get through. Once you have your readers attention you have to keep it.

sub genre romanceThere are many types of sub-genres which are secondary genres. For example, erotica is a genre and most of the time erotica is the main genre while romance is the sub-genre, but there lines blur so it’s hard to tell in most cases. The broader genres are comedy, romance, mystery, action, horror, adventure and science fiction.

From my experience a lot of the sub-genre that are action drowns out the romance. You know, where the member of the hardcore seal team six members fall in love but he has to go fight in a war and kill the bad guy and protect his love at the same time. Falling in love in the midst of a war seems passionate and hardcore but it really focuses the reader’s attention on the enemies their fighting. And you always want your readers to imagine what your characters life would be like after the last page. It’s hard to imagine a couple that’s seen war and action having a cup of coffee with each other or have a date to the movies. Normal doesn’t go well with war torn couples that seen so much action.

Neither does horror nor creepy go that well with romance, maybe creepy goes but not really. I have read a few and they gave me unpleasant shudders. If you want me to read and review some horror or creepy romance I would honestly do it though.

In my expert opinion the sub-genres that go best with romance are adventure, angst, fantasy, friendship, family, humor, hurt/comfort, supernatural, science fiction, tragedy, western, and erotica. These sub-genres are all good in small doses as long as they don’t overshadow the romance or couple. Especially in fast-burn romances, you know the love at first sight. The couple can’t get to know each other and fall deeper in love if their angst or family drama gets in the way for too long.

The slow-burn romances where they take half a book to fall in love they are a different matter because the sub-genre for slow burn romances is romance.

I will leave you with this; a romance that has it’s couple million miles apart or not interacting with each other or not even in the picture for more than a couple of pages is not a good romance.

Or basically not having the focus on them or their relationship for long periods is not a true romance.

Please leave a comment and tell me what you think!