Whether or not you want to think of your characters as robots, you do have the Dr. Frankenstein-like position of enlivening them. While fantasy, as I have suggested, pushes beyond the boundaries of possibility, it also requires a foundation of accepted parameters. For example, if Anne Rice's vampire was suddenly killed by a regular bullet, his death would be out of the realm of the possible in the world Rice has created. Rice has constructed a carefully detailed backstory and mythos for her vampire world. Her readers expect certain consistencies when visiting that world. If you are a Tolkein fan, you can accept Gandalfs return from death as a white wizard but you would not accept his joining league with Sauran.
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