I admit, that, as a writer, I want to kill off my characters. It can cause a bit of a shock in the story and is a good way to keep the plot moving forward. Besides, it causes interesting reactions from readers.
I personally haven’t been able to kill anyone off yet, because my books don’t tend have very large populaces. I’m working on this problem in my NaNo book, and have (at least) two characters that I know will not make it through to the end.
For me, when a character dies in a book, movie, or television series, I first decide whether it was a good plot device. Then I decide how I feel about the death. Personally, I tend to like when a character or two dies. The stories just tend to have a different feel to them when it happens.
So, if you’re a writer, what are your opinions on killing your characters? And if you’re not a writer, how do you feel about the deaths of main (or minor!) characters?