While many of our favorite characters face death constantly, quite of few of them would have immortality ahead of them if their lives were a bit calmer. Sure, vampires are the primary supernatural creatures that won’t die of natural causes – but how many of your favorite characters somehow end up having immortality ahead of them, even when they weren’t supposed to? I know I can think of a few (but I won’t name them to avoid spoilers). And I know I often think that’s awesome – they can literally live happily ever after.
But I’m reading Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian right now and in it death stops. No one can die (this isn’t a spoiler – it happens in the first chapter). Now, people are still getting sick and hurt and having to “live” with disgusting wounds, so it’s not the same as our heroes that are living forever with no illness, etc. But it makes you realize that death can be as much of a privilege as life can be.
So I got to thinking what’s good about living FOREVER? and what’s not so good? Keep in mind I’m not talking invincible – I mean even immortal characters can be killed. Here’s what I came up with: