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  • Kill off an MC or not?

    Posted by David Sharman on 26 August 2023 at 21:08

    There’s this CIA undercover operative. He’s on a mission and in the beginning of the book, he meets a woman. Over the course of the story the relationship deepens until he falls in love with her and she with him. She knows what he does and she’s helping him complete his mission.

    Now comes the question. I thought of having her killed before they can marry so he has a vengeance quest for the sequel.

    Someone else says, doing this will lose readers because it’s a bad idea to get all the readers waiting for the happy ending and then ruin their expectations with a tragedy

    I know readers like a ‘happy’ ending. I’m worried that any sequel where he meets another woman and tries to start a relationship (he’s a James Bond type) will make readers hate him.

    In this new world, I feel if Ian Fleming tried to get James Bond Novels published now, he’d probably be CANCELLED. You can’t even make a joke now without offending some snowflake.

    Should I kill her or not?

    David Sharman replied 6 months, 1 week ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Kate Pettigrew

    27 August 2023 at 13:20

    Kill her. You know you want to. Not everyone wants a happy ending. Plus if he’s a James Bond type why is he getting married… James Bond’s only wife died on honeymoon On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Diana Rigg/George Lazenby) because the plot couldn’t stand it.

    Plus she could outspy him and not really be dead… so when he tries to have another relationship in the sequel that could be ‘there were three people in this marriage’ interesting…or he wonders why all his girlfriends end up dead… lots of ways to go but I’d definitely kill her.

  • David Sharman

    27 August 2023 at 16:56

    Hmmm, interesting ideas there.

  • Rose Blakeney

    28 August 2023 at 09:44

    Hello, David

    I’m not sure about this. I’d say don’t worry about providing a happy ending; on the other hand, if you kill her and follow up with a vengeance theme in the next book, there’s a risk of producing a continuing thread, which would mean readers would have to read the first book in order to appreciate the second.

    Good luck with it.

  • Laure Van Rensburg

    28 August 2023 at 11:25

    Hi David,

    I don’t think there is any issues with an unhappy ending, lots of books have those, and it’s a romance it’s a thriller so it doesn’t have to end on a positive note. There are plenty of gritty thriller out there. However killing a woman to give the male character agency and a purpose is a tired trope. Not a book, but one of the reasons of the success of the first John Wick movie was because it took the old cliché and turn it on its head — instead of man avenging his wife/girlfriend/daughter/etc… death, the film offered — man kills a whole crime family because they killed his puppy.

    Good luck with your story.

    • David Sharman

      28 August 2023 at 15:34

      No, it’s not my story, it’s a friend and we are arguing about it.

      My personal view is to marry them off and use her as a stabilising factor in sequels. Whenever he is about to do something stupid, he thinks of his wife and possibly children.

      Having said that, I do like the idea of her escaping and everyone thinks she’s dead perhaps in an explosion. Then we find in a sequel, that she’s either: (a) helping him from the shadows, or (b) losing her memory and joining another organization in the same line of work or (c) It affects her so much, she starts bumping off any woman he tries to get a relationship with. There’s a whole feast of possibilities out there, but snuffing her puts paid to anything like that, so I think it’s a mistake to get rid of her so quickly