Why does the bad guys always win and everyone must die?

Before I started to write the series over twenty years ago I dedicated myself to reading lot of books. I mean lots of modern books. I mean so many I was covering as many as four to five books a week. But I started to notice two common themes in modern literature that wasn’t always the case in older literature.

  1. The bad guys always wins.
  2. Everybody must die.

  So I asked myself why? Why does the bad guys always win, and everybody has to die including the cats and dogs? Is that a set-in stone norm for an enjoyable book? I think not. I know that death is a part of life. All living things die. Why can’t someone write a story where the secondary character moves away to another city or break up with a love interest and move on with their life. That’s happens too, you know. Death is so final.

   I find stories more interesting if a couple age together, go through all the ups and downs of a relationship. It’s easy to immortalize someone and profess great love for them when they are no longer there to get on your nerves. I let the characters live so their love will be tested. Will it survive?

  I also started to notice that death was the easiest way to deal with a character when you have no idea what else to do with them.

   Again, I decided to test the literary waters. Write stories where the bad guys don’t always win. In some cases, the bad guys get the pure living snot kicked out of them by the good guys.  That happens more often than it’s fun to know.

 I decided to write stories where everybody doesn’t die in case I want to use that character again without anyone performing necromancy. 

  Yes, for some characters death is inevitable but I didn’t want my series to be nothing but books of bones and graveyards.

Another thing I noticed a common thread of modern books is the gross, horrible treatment of women and girls. If it’s a best seller you can almost bet girls and women are being treated as thus they aren’t human beings. That’s one of the things that made me stop looking at the best sellers list and started searching among unknown authors’ works for something enjoyable to read.

  I know these things exist in real life and for humanity reasons I do not shy away from writing about them. But I don’t feel the human right agenda is the whole reason for the vast majority of their popularity. I sense a lot of hidden misogynistic views propelling their popularity. I know everyone is entitled to read what they wish but I get a little leery when I see the most popular book is one is writing about treating humans like trash again and again. I have put some down when the story speaks of nothing else but the sex and brutality. And as a former student of psychology that tells me a lot about what people real views truly are no matter they openly profess. I am fully aware of the ugliness of human nature it has always existed and always will but I don’t feel it should be rewarded.

I think young girls and women need to see that being treated like this is not normal. And boys and men need to see that guy good does win sometimes and that killing isn’t the answer to every problem.


About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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8 Responses to Why does the bad guys always win and everyone must die?

  1. Adrianna says:

    I love novels where good triumphs evil. Where the bad guys get the snot kicked out of them. Thanks for writing them. Keep writing them.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jack says:

    I think it’s because in real life. The bad guys always win because the so-called good guys do nothing but stand aside and let them win.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jack, you are right. Literature reflects reality.


      • Cora says:

        The young women will have to learn this lesson on their own. No one can teach them these things.

        Liked by 1 person

        • unholypursuit says:

          Cora, you are so right. Life itself is the greatest teacher. But I am still not understanding how anyone not see that pain doesn’t equal love. Mistreatment doesn’t constitute the ‘normal’ ups and downs of a relationship. That means the person is moody as be as you need to leave their emotional fluctuating behind. No amount of affection in the world is going to change then unless they want to change. When someone show you how they feel. You should believe them.


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