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How to Get Over the Death of a Fictional Character

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I have recently suffered a fictional loss. Don’t ask me which character I’m talking about, because losing a fictional character is a phenomenon that transcends specifics. 

I watch a lot of TV shows and movies, and I read a lot of books, so I am constantly grieving because the thing about fictional characters is, well, they tend to die a lot, which I hate. I hate that about them. But I’m not very well going to STOP consuming media, because what’s the alternative? I go outside? I find myself alone with my own thoughts for more than ten seconds? Please. 

As a result, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will always be sad about one fictional character or another. It’s such a perpetual issue that I’ve taken to Googling “how to get over the death of a fictional character,” which is something I do at least once a week. I thought it might be a good idea to pick out the most frequently cited tips and tricks from various corners of the Internet and to assess their value—you know, try them out and see if they help, just in case there’s anyone else out there who, like me, often cries for weeks because a fake character in a made-up world died for fictional reasons.