Every Friday Parajunkee and Alison Can Read hosts Feature Follow Friday. It's a great way to get to know the blogging community and they ask fun questions!
This week's Question is:
Describe your favorite book character death scene. Why is it your favorite? Was it a villain or a hero? What made it so good?
If you haven't read Days of Blood and Starlight, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, or Percy Jackson The Last Olympian then there are SPOILERS!
I don't have a "favorite" death scene since I'm always irrationally sad when fictional character I love die.
So I will answer this question two ways:
1. "What book death scene caused you to be forever changed because it was both totally devastating and still beautifully written."
2. "What villain death scene was fairly satisfying because really that character had to die in order for everyone else to live happily ever after."
So here we go, the death scene that I thought was probably best written:
Hazael dying in Days of Blood and Starlight. He was such a great character and he was the person who anchored Akiva and Liraz to their humanity...and then he DIED! *sobs uncontrollably*
"[Hazael] stumbled, looked at Akiva, then down at the sword. He let go of his own...he crumpled, and Akiva saw it all through the flare of clarity he had been desperate for...Hazael fell. Liraz threw herself to her knees to catch him. Akiva experience in splendid light the howl that shaped his sister's mouth. He heard her banshee grief and saw it, too. Sound had form, it was light, everything was light, and everything was grief, and Liraz was trying to hold Hazael's head as his eyes glazed, but a pair of Dominion grabbed her, dragged her, and Hazael's head fell. Akiva knew his brother was dead even before his head hit tile..."My favorite villain death scene was:
Voldemort's death from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Come on, you have to admit that Voldemort HAD to die. There was no other way for the series to end. Also, he had been given so many chances for redemption over the course of his life and he squandered them all. Even the sad stories about his bad childhood weren't enough to justify all of the evil horribleness he did. He was a Hitler Wizard. He was Witler.
As I was writing this post I figured out a death scene that was kind of poignant and appropriate. And it was...
When Luke dies in Percy Jackson: The Last Olympian.
He was the bad guy for the whole series because he helped Kronos rise up and plotted against the gods. But in the end he was a hero and his death was important because it gave him redemption and saved the world in the process. It was a pretty good death if you have to have one and it had a higher purpose. I like when the death of a character is more than a tear-jerking gimmick.
It was silent for a long time.
When I opened my eyes, I saw Luke sprawled at the hearth. On the floor around him was a blackened circle of ash...
"Good...blade," he croaked.
I knelt next to him. Annabeth limped over with Grover's support. They both had tears in their eyes.
Luke gaze at Annabeth. "You knew. I almost killed you, but you knew..."
"Shhh." Her voice trembled. "You were a hero at the end, Luke. You'll go to Elysium."