The favorites for June 21: Character Deaths
Kibby, what are you trying to do to us!? Alright. Okay. If we’re going to do this, let’s get in the properly devastated mindset first:
Now that I’m ready (WHY GOT WRITERS, WHYYYY) I’ll go ahead and list for you the literary deaths which were the most shattering, traumatic, extremely upsetting, unexpected, and terrible I’ve ever read, and therefore qualify as my favorites.
**SPOILERS AHEAD. Obviously if I’m going to tell you who died, there will be spoiled plots. Please be advised.**
1. Boromir, The Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien
The movie is more gut-wrenching by about a factor of twelve, but it’s plenty devastating in the book. It’s the definition of a heroic, plot-driving death with far reaching consequences.
2. Basically all of The Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling
I’m also throwing Dumbledore’s death from The Half Blood Prince in here. Oh, JK Rowling, how did you remove our hearts? Let me count the ways: Lupin. Tonks. Fred. Colin. Snape. Yes, Snape, his death was almost as much a waste as his life was. That damn scene with the stone, which makes me sob every single damn time. DOBBY. HEDWIG. I will never get over this.
3. John Coffee, The Green Mile, Stephen King
This gentle giant deserved so much better than he got, in life and in death. King unapologetically serves us a big steaming helping of unfairness, injustice, deadly racism, and a tragic ending.
4. Quickening the Elemental, The Druid of Shannara, Terry Brooks
Quickening sacrifices herself in the most beautiful, selfless gesture, to bring an entire world back to life. Still doesn’t make it okay with me. Her death scene has never left me, not once in over a decade. I can still close my eyes and picture it. Terry Brooks, we also need to have WORDS about Amberle, Garet Jax, Hendel, and Garth. HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO GARTH, no, I’m not alright. Everything hurts and I’m dying.
5. Finnick Odair, Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
No. Just no. I still sometimes refuse to believe he actually died. The man made it through two Hunger Games arenas, decades of death threats and political tripwires, only to fall in the last few pages after the briefest smidgen of a taste of happiness. Seriously, Suzanne? I’m actually more devastated about him than Prim, or Rue, although they’re a very close second.
Bonus #6 A certain character in Men at Arms, Terry Pratchett.
This character shall remain nameless until Kibby reads the books, but it’s coming for you Kibby and I promise it’s a completely unexpected gut-check. *evil laughter* *rubs hands together in a psychotic manner* Pratchett almost never kills off his main characters, but when he does he makes sure it’s going to stay with you.