I remember reading this mid-grade/YA book back in my youth, though the title and author escape my memory. What I remember about it was that two young friends, both boys, die. One dies first by accident, then the other dies either by accident or suicide (can’t remember). This happens right away. They talk before they die about a magical land everyone goes in death, where everything’s cooler and better.
They end up there. The first one who died paves the way for the second. Once dead, they have magical adventures as young noble heroes or somesuch against demonic forces in the magical land. Then, when they’ve had their high adventure, and reach the end chapters, they talk about what happens when you die in this magical land. Apparently everyone knows you go on to some other magical land for another High Adventure.
So, they jump out a window together.
Ring any bells? Anyone remember this book?
It’s been 20 years, thereabouts, since I read it, but I would like to find it again.
Also, I’m deathly curious if such a trope is acceptable at all in this day and age. Once, youth suicide was so unthinkable. Now, it is unthinkable to write about it as if it were a happy, joyful adventure into magical lands…
Morality changes fast in art, doesn’t it? 20 years is a blink of a minnow in a rushing stream.