Hello fellow writers! Usually I can find solutions to my problems without me creating a new thread, but this time I guessed it was time to actually join the banter. Okay, so I've been working on a novel for the best part of the month now, and things are sailing smoothly. There is, however, something that's kept nagging at me, and it won't let go until I address it. Taking into consideration that YA is no stranger to death, my problem is that two characters die in the first four chapters. It's not their dying that keeps bothering me, but their dying so soon. True, they are not major characters, but minor ones whose deaths set the story into motion, and so they are important in this regard. So here's my question to you. Is there such a thing as a character dying too soon? Or do you think there should be a limit as to how many characters die? Using Deathly Hallows as an example, it would appear there's no such thing as a limit. Deathly Hallows, however, was preceded by six books, whose tone gradually became darker. Something tells me I should consider this aspect of the well-known series by Rowling. Thoughts?