Too much harmony, says our in-house writing advisor, is not good in fiction. You have to kill your darlings. I can’t refute him.
Let’s take the phrase literally. Doesn’t the well-known writer always do away with a darling character?
I recently gorged on all of the Harry Potter series and that’s when it struck me how Rowling killed so many of her darlings. So I teamed up with my colleague Neelima to make a list of some famous darlings killed in famous books.
- Prince Andrew in War and Peace: Among all the rich and spoilt elite, here’s the only man with a head on his shoulders! His love for Natasha…
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