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Re: Under-developed Characters
« Reply #25 on: May 10, 2017, 08:35:25 PM »

Once again, he seemed to be one of the characters that were needed only for one part, and after that was fulfilled, he was no longer necessary.
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Re: Under-developed Characters
« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2017, 03:42:21 PM »

That's part of what makes Redwall so good, though. Brian wasn't afraid to kill characters after they were needed. Not many children's books do that. Usually they just hide them somewhere or drag them along for no good reason.
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Re: Under-developed Characters
« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2017, 07:09:55 PM »

See that's a problem. You should never kill off characters just because they've outlived their usefulness, that's lazy. Introducing characters for the express purpose of killing them is another matter entirely and is a much-beloved part of the storytelling process. Also don't have too many fakeout deaths, they come off as cheap if used too often.
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Re: Under-developed Characters
« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2017, 10:00:54 PM »

I'm glad fakeout deaths aren't really a thing in Redwall.
Once or twice is fine, but after that it becomes annoying.
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Re: Under-developed Characters
« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2017, 01:20:42 AM »

Off topic, but would you consider it a fake out death if most of the characters think they are dead but the reader knows they are alive after a period of believing the same?
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Re: Under-developed Characters
« Reply #30 on: May 12, 2017, 02:51:53 AM »

No, because it's not played out as a surprise to the reader.
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Re: Under-developed Characters
« Reply #31 on: May 13, 2017, 06:51:00 AM »

Thanks.
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