Are you the god of your universe?
Choose one of your characters. If you’re not a writer and just browsing our blog for funsies, create one. How do you feel about them? What’s your connection?
Are you friends? Do they have a level of emotional complexity designed to be interested for specific story purposes, or for general broad characterisation?
Are you their boss or their god?
People get attached to characters. People especially get attached to their own, the ones that aren’t used specifically for a plot device. The same goes for novels, short stories and even video games and roleplaying games. What if you’ve been playing X-COM and the squad member you’ve had since the start dies forever? What do you feel? How is this different to your own characters when writing a story?
Is their death ever worth it? Or is death a plaything in fiction?