Hello all, I'm just under 40,000 words (half-way) into a YA novel and have a reached a bit of a character dilemma. The teenagers in my novel stumble across something very frightening and potentially dangerous to them as well as the other person. In my original draft of this chapter, they freeze up in the situation, and a girl they don't personally know ends up dead. I had a discussion with my sister about this. Her argument was that this is a YA novel, and having someone die, when there were witnesses who could have helped (my 3 teenagers), is inappropriate for the age group. I wrote a different draft of the chapter. In this draft, the teens stumble across the scary situation right after it's occurred, so they cannot do anything to help at that point. Anyway, I guess my question is this: Is it bad character development to create characters like this (the first version)? It seemed like a normal human reaction to me, but she read it and was pretty vehemently opposed because of the age group. I'm saving both drafts of the chapter for the time being and moving on with the story. I wrote both drafts in a way that both versions of their reaction to the incident would fit in just fine with the rest of the book. I might need to make a few pretty minor changes here and there, but nothing serious. One more thing. She said if she were reading it as a book intended for adults, she would be okay with the original version. It's the age of the intended audience that makes it too sketchy for her. However, she's totally cool with reading books like The Hunger Games Series, in which the protagonist, a 16-yr-old girl, has to kill people. Thoughts?