How to Get Over a Fictional Death

In life and in fiction, death is inevitable. Having people say, “But they’re no real,” doesn’t make the death of Dobby or Rue or the Starks any less traumatic.

We’ve come up with some steps to help you get through it.

1. Breathe. Have some tissues.

2. Accept they’re dead.

Don’t deny it. Denial is a stage of grief, but it’s one best conquered quickly. Only very rarely do beloved characters come back from the dead–and if they do, they won’t be the same as you remember.

The choice to kill off a character is a hard one for authors, so you should expect characters who die to stay dead–unless explicitly stated otherwise.

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3. Don’t be afraid to cry. Or be angry.

Realize it’s totally normal to grieve over a fictional character. You invested time and emotions into their story before the author ripped out your heart and raked it against a cheese grater. Other people may not understand, but we do. We’ve been there.

Have some chocolate and soothe your wounded soul. It’s time to start recovering. Continue reading