In terms of startrek I agree, but I'm afraid I totally disagree about harry
potter and character deaths.
I find I am far more engaged with books, films or tv series where the
characters are not safe. Where any event can be life threatening, and kill,
or profoundly change a character.
During my first go through of deathly hallows, ---- and even before that in
books 5 and 6, I actually found myself really and seriously bothered
everytime a life threatening or dangerous situation turned up sinse there
was no guarantee the characters would get out of it alive.
For me there is nothing less interesting than a really predictable plot
where you know, ---- oh look, the hero runs into the burning building and
just gets off scot free by some freak survival.
Jk Rowling took this even further, by having an absolutely realistic level
of danger where even a miner confrontation or change could be crytical.
There aren't many authors or series I know that managed to get this level of
absolute realism into their work or make you care so much about characters
when they go through profound changes.
Tad williams, jk rowling, and Ian M banks are the authors that most come to
mind for this, as do the series babylon 5 and more recently being human.
This is however very ot so I'll stop.
Beware the grue!
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