I'm curious whether killing main characters mid-story (rather than at the end) is becoming more common in the past two decades or so.
In this case I'm more interested in stories where it happened twice or to a character that you really thought was safe. Truly ressurected characters don't count.
I'm thinking of:
Glen Cook's "Black Company", George Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire"
Ninjadebugger mentioned: George Martin's "Wild Cards" and the Sovereign Stone series.
TV-wise B5 and Buffy both use it more than I'd typically expect. But with TV casting decisions are part of that so I'm more interested in books.
So, what do you think, is there a trend? Is it somewhat common now? And if it is somewhat common is that a new thing?