Quite a few books deal with death of characters and some books have death as the main plot line. Let’s chat about some of these.
So literally, I’ve read a few books that featured the Grim Reaper, which is quite fun, and some books that have an Angel of Death character. I think these are awesome, and examples of course are the Charley Davidson series (which I love), the YA series by the same author, Darklight, and a humor paranormal A Dirty Job. But there are also books that have death or dying characters as the main conflict. The Fault in Our Stars, for example. What are some others that have death as a major player?
There have been a lot of celebrity deaths this week. I think Julie picked a very timely topic.
Even the books I’ve read so far this month (3 for 3) have had at least one death. I think the death of a character in a book can be poignant (not to spoil it, but Dobby’s death left me an emotional wreck) or funny (funny circumstances, death is never funny in and of itself) or many other emotions. It’s the job of the author to draw in the reader to empathize or even sympathize with the death of a character.
As for Death as a character, there are two I can think of. The Discworld books by Terry Pratchett where Death is a main character. One who even subs for Santa at one point. Then, there is Death in the Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman. Ok, true, I didn’t make it through all of these books. But still, I know that Death is a girl!