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waiting for last night's coffee to re-warm....

rushthatspeaks on the "And then they all died," not-really-a-subgenre-but-should-be. I am thinking of adopting "No take-backs" as a personal motto for writing.

Dead is dead. Maimed is maimed. And so on.

Right. Now I have to get through this drunken and unwelcome smooching (drunkenly, unwelcomely smooched is drunkenly, unwelcomely smooched), and I can have some toast.

I love my job.

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"Dead is dead".

Unless you are a character in a Marvel comic.
That is what we refer to as "sucking."
It's gotten to the point where in SF/fantasy novels and TV, when a beloved character dies, I don't believe it until I get to "The End". Which vitiates the emotional impact when an author is playing fair.

The only TV author I trust on this is Joss Whedon: by and large, Big Traumatic Deaths stay dead. (Yes, Angel is an exception.) The guys behind HEROES seem to have the guts to do it as well.
This from the lady who un-maimed Jenny Casey. :->

*grin, duck, run*
Did you see her growing a new arm? Or the PTSD vanishing like magic?

But, yanno, if you're happy with a surface reading, as long as it works for you.
And here I thought that was going to be a link about the point when you get frustrated in the middle of writing a story, so you hit a paragraph return, then type:

And then they all died.

THE END


Then run off and grab favorite alcoholic beverage of your choice to give your brain a break.
also known as the "and then they were eaten by bears" ending.
"No take-backs" has been kind of my guiding force after reading one too many stories that didn't take damage seriously. I think my breaking point was a Lackey book where a major character who just had her spine shattered is saved by a deus ex machina and trundles along to lead a revolution just fine after that. Even if one accepts the deus ex, the damned character isn't anything more than temporarily shaken by the whole experience, and that really annoyed me even as a relatively uncritical 14-year-old.

I don't know that I always do a good job of keeping to "no take-backs", but I do my best. Besides not cheapening the emotional impact of a character getting pummeled or killed, seeing how the damaged character or the surviving characters carry on afterward is much more interesting to write and read than if the character gets up and dusts itself off like it only banged its knee.