I have realized a recent trend through my current wip's. Violence and death. Yup. Happy, huh? In Thanet's Curse I'm having the issue with my characters killing people without regret or any serious moral "hm, maybe I shouldn't kill this guy?" It's very weird. Especially because I'm not a big fan of murder. But seriously, the one girl, Damaria, kills like it's her hobby, and Nadra has these spikes of anger that are just plain dangerous.
No, Nadra doesn't look like this.
But sometimes I do.
The reason behind this is I get very annoyed at movies/books/sandwhiches that show murder like this:
BadGuy: Go ahead, shoot me!
Heroine: I will (hands shake while holding weapon/gun/zap stick)
BadGuy: No you won't!
Heroine: I can do whatever I want! (Hands BadGuy gun.) And I want to not kill you.
BadGuy: Swell. (shoots Heroine/Hero)
This type of scene tends to get me screaming "Shoot 'em in the leg! Shoot 'em in the leg!" Seriously, their leg can heal and that way they won't continue to train monkeys to steal every can of peanut butter in the galaxy. Thus, my scenes tend to look like this:
BadGal: Go ahead, shoot me!
Hero: Sure (shoots BadGal in leg).
See? Simple, easy... But when it's the five-billionth time Hero/Heroine has given up without a fight... I worry. I do have the excuse of it being in a world of fantasy, where maybe murder isn't looked down upon with the same fervor. But. Um. No. A girl kills her father (by accident) in self-defense and she gets banished for so many years. Yup. People still take it as serious as bananas. And bananas are pretty serious.
Feel the seriousness ooze out at you. Bwoogaly-Bwoogaly!
What about you guys? Have you ever had to deal with death in books? Do you find it easy to kill? Even FUN too kill? I mean, not really kill, because than I would have to have the popo hunt yo face down. (On a side note, fortunately I haven't started basing to-be-killed characters off of real life customers. I haven't lost it too badly.)
He, on the other hand, has lost it