Chasing Ray was discussing the issue of Harry Potter's possible death, and we began wondering in the comments:
What children's / young adult book has the main character die?
See, aside from anything else, I think that JKR would be one of the first to take this step. Now, being first doesn't mean she cannot do it; however, being first (or one of the first) does mean that I cannot understand why people would be critical of her for not doing it. Of course, as with many things in the blogosphere, when people rant about X, they are really using X as an excuse to rant about what they really want to talk about. JKR happens to be the X to get people talking about fiction, messages, meaning, children, morality, etc.
Anyway, back to main character being dead question. Little Willow then said she does know of main characters not surviving to the last page, but didn't want to spoil anyone.
I have been known to read the last chapter first. Except for a handful of situations, I not only don't mind being spoiled; I find it makes a richer reading experience.
Here's the deal: post away on the comments about books written for children/young adults where the main character dies. If you don't want to be spoiled, stay away from the comments.
- Must have been originally published for children or young adults; so no Romeo and Juliet.
- Must be the main character. Beth is not the main character in Little Women.
- Only one title by Lurlene McDaniel per comment.
- A character dying of natural causes at the end of his or her natural life span? Doesn't count.
- A book told from the point of view of an already dead/ dies in first chapter main character? Doesn't count.
- Only one picture book as bibliotherapy book per comment.