Killing off a "perfect" character
Question: I am writing a trilogy of books and wondering whether to kill off a main character who I believe to be too "perfect" in the third book. Is this a silly reason to kill off a well-loved character? Should I make her less of a Mary-Sue? Advice would be great!Answer:
I think you should give yourself a better reason to kill her off.
For example, if she is too good, perhaps her death would be an example of Costs. In other words, could her death strengthen the protagonist's resolve to achieve the story goal?
Or her death could be an example of Forewarnings - a sign of what will happen to others if the goal is not achieved or that the Consequence is approaching.
Or perhaps she could sacrifice herself for the sake of others?
I mean, you may as well get the most dramatic mileage out of the death as you can.