I just caught up on one of my TV shows, SANCTUARY, a SyFy show where one of the main characters was killed off. Now, I don’t know why TPTB decided to get rid of the character since in the same episode, they introduced another character who is exactly like the first one except this one is brunette and isn’t the heroine’s daughter. I can only assume that the original actor wanted out.
We all know that in the world of television, when an actor decides to leave a successful shoe, their character is often killed off. Often the tabloids claim that the character is killed off to make sure the actor can’t come back. Kind of a revenge for thinking the actor can do better somewhere else. Sometimes, an actor can talk their way off a show gracefully; then you often see their character “go on sabbatical”, so to speak. That leaves it open for a character to “return” to the show without prejudice.
Now, TV writers can’t do that, but we book writers have it sooo much better. Your car mechanic cheats you on your repair? Make him a thief in your next book. Your mother-in-law gives you grief about how you’re raising her grandchildren? The serial killer you’re writing kills her in a most gruesome, long-lasting death you can imagine. Did your boss let you have a half day off so you could go to the KISS concert for which you had tickets? Reward him by making him the secondary character who wins the 10 million dollars lottery.
We have so much control of the world’s we create. If we feel happy, there’s sunshine and butterflies. Rain dripping through a willow tree might be the day your old cat dies. I know I used the sheer terror I felt when my youngest son had brain surgery in a book when my heroine’s son went for a kidney transplant. In a lot of my more emotional scenes, I often dig into my memory box to give me the tools I need to craft a particular scene.
I have to admit…most of the time, I’m struggling like all get-out to write my books, chapter by chapter. But, occasionally, when someone p*sses me off, they’re history. And I can’t get arrested!