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Minor Character Awareness Month

Posted by brenatevi on July 29, 2008

As I wrote about a week ago, the minor, oftentimes unnamed, characters are important to me, especially when they die. reading 1632 by Eric Flint, I came across this plague once again. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed 1632, thought it was well written and engaging (I finished it by reading 7 hours straight,) but towards the end, a minor character buys the farm in a heroic way, saving one of the main characters, and, and… that was the last he was mentioned. It didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the book, but it did disappoint me. All I wanted was a throwaway line like, “Thank God such and such stepped in front of me, or I would have been dead.” It’s one line, and shouldn’t be THAT hard to fit in.

So in remembrance of all of those characters that have died and then were forgotten by their writers, I would like a moment of silence.

Oh, and someone smack me if I ever do the same thing I’m complaining about.

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