I wasn't sure which section this belonged in so I just took a wild guess. Sorry if I guessed wrong. Anyway: I friend and I were discussing movies the other day and this issue came up. The friend said that killing children in movies is usually a cheap shot unless there is an exceptionally good reason for it. He went on to say that death is something usually associated with adults and that the audience will react a lot more strongly to a child's death and they would to an adult's. He claimed that the reaction will be so strong that some may feel that they have been taken advantage of emotionally. Anyway, I thought I'd hear all of your input on it. Is killing a child in a story a cheap shot? Is it just a quick way to garner emotion out of a reader? Should it be done at all(even to a secondary character) without an exceptionally good reason? Anyway, I'll chime in later after I read a few of the responses.