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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Murder & Mayhem!

I don't write mysteries, but I loved this video Janet Reid posted on her blog the other day.




I've killed off characters before, to the extent that if I really were my protagonists, I'd be a serial killer. However, I've never actually had a murder in any of my novels, just short stories. I'm currently in the midst of researching how to murder/drown a large group of people from around 2100 B.C. (Thanks for not leaving a lot of notes on the specifics, Herodotus. Sheesh.)

Have you murdered characters before? Was it a pretty clean-cut death, or a unique sort of murder?

26 comments:

Amalia T. said...

I have murdered some characters. They had it coming, and it was not mysterious! I don't think I'm a mystery kind of writer. :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Amalia- I'm not sneaky enough to be a mystery writer. But I'll admit to a secret little thrill when I've killed off some of my characters. There's going to be one in Book #2 that I'll definitely enjoy.

KarenG said...

Yay, a scene from one of my favorite Stephen King movies, and THE favorite of his books!!

L.T. Elliot said...

Oh, I've murdered. Fictionally, of course. The most recent death was mass-killing by fire. Sometimes I prefer the up close and personal with a knife. Fictionally, of course. ;)

L.T. Elliot said...

p.s. That video was hilarious! Especially the copy editor line. ;)

Stephanie Thornton said...

KarenG- There were some good ones in there, even some non-horror ones. That Fargo scene makes me cringe every time though.

L.T.- I love that copy editor line! I'm getting ready to get up close and personal with a knife. Someone else has to die before I can drown the others. There's a lot of bodies around these parts lately.

J. L. Jackson said...

The drowning in 2100 B.C. has to do with Nitokerti? That's the protagonist in my story. lol

Jemi Fraser said...

lol :)

I've killed off a couple of characters - not my MCs though! I had a little bit of fun using a new tinkering for the deaths in the Steampunk ms :)

Guinevere said...

I've never murdered a character. I should add that to my to-do list, though.

Gary Corby said...

I confess to a corpse or two. Or three. All right, ten or twelve.

As to the manner of expiry, I say nothing, except to note that I had fun!

Stephanie Thornton said...

J.L. Jackson- Cool! Hers is a unique story, isn't it?

Jemi- Ohhhh! Steampunk deaths would be fun!

Guinevere- I'd definitely put it on the list. It's a lot of fun!

Gary- I had a feeling you'd have several corpses to your name. And I'm glad you had fun!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've killed off characters, and I cried everytime I edited that part.

Yeah, I know, lame. ;)

L. T. Host said...

I have a sickness. I'm a character-killer. :( Someone's been "murdered" in every one of my books so far.

I don't know how much specifics I can go into without sounding like a real sicko, so I'll just say that I usually try to make them creative to some degree. Only one person comes to mind who will die of old age.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Nope! My little PB and chapter book characters have so far been spared the axe. He he. :-)

Elspeth Antonelli said...

I write mysteries, so I've killed off many, many characters. Some are 'clean' killings (poison) some are not so clean. In my plots it's not the method that's the mystery, but why the murder was committed. I've always found 'why' far more interesting than 'how'. On the other hand, sneaky methods can be fun.

Cynthia Reese said...

Oh, yes. But as Arnold says, "Only the bad guys!"

Hilarious video!

Julie Dao said...

I have murdered characters before! It was completely unexpected and I sort of cheated because it happened "off scene" and the others only found out about it later on. But it was pretty fun! (Does that make me sound creepy?)

J. L. Jackson said...

Yes! I was drawn to Nitokerti. It is a very unique story.

Natalie said...

Ha, ha. I haven't killed anyone yet, but maybe someday...

Gary Corby said...

L.T., there's nothing wrong with killing people in sicko ways.

It's perfectly normal behaviour for a mystery writer. And you know my view on what you should be doing about that!

Dawn Simon said...

I've only killed one character. I remember I was talking about it with a friend and we were thinking if anyone overheard us, they'd think we were sickos.

Stephanie McGee said...

I've had one character death in all the things I've written. And it was a clean-cut arrow-through-the-body type of death. Though the one who died wasn't the one meant to die.

Lola Sharp said...

Plenty-o-murders! Nothing beats a nice kill scene. Good times!

Wendy Sparrow said...

I kill people all the time...
..and in books too. ;D

LOL. I hadn't seen that video before. Wow. Violent... and yet entertaining. That might be a sign that something is wrong with me, though.

Belle said...

LOL! loved the video!

One of my current WIPs is a murder mystery. All I can say is, it was a messy process, but it got the job done!

kanishk said...

I have murdered some characters.
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