View Full Version : Does having the bad-guys kill help the story?

February 29th, 2008, 8:37 AM
In my, fic story, the evil villain has already killed a Budew, I'm thinking of having it kill again, does this affect the feeling of the readers?
Let me know.

JX Valentine
February 29th, 2008, 8:50 AM
Depends on how it's carried out, I think. Death's a pretty heavy subject, so generally, it either adds atmosphere or emphasizes something important about the plot or characters -- especially the plot. In short, you don't want to get too cliche and do it just because the villain is a villain. There's got to be a motive or a reason for the death that contributes to the story. (That is, death itself isn't an element to add to a story. It should be a vital component to it.)

So, if it's necessary to the story or to understand the way the villain's mind work, then I really don't think you'll have a problem having said villain go out and kill again.

At least, that's how I feel about character death.