Often, in popular YA and childrens books, the parents of the main character are either dead, irrelevant, or simply gone. This occurs as well in nearly every Disney movie and in countless anime and manga. Now here is where I pose my question: Do you think that killing off the parents of a main character is overused or that it would make you put down the book? Do you think its a cheap trick to relieve the main character of nagging parents? Personally I find that it is quite overused but it isn't something that will make me put down a book, or stop watching a movie. Also what are some alternatives to killing off parents, but that still keeps the parents unimportant while keeping the main character "free" of them? I'd love to hear all of your opinions on this.