I’m gonna start an all girl punk band that sings really offensive songs like, “I don’t know how to tell you you’re bad at oral.”
Our second song is going to be called “My eyelashes are longer than your dick.”
id listen to you guys.
Another song could be “Christ will come before I do.”
Oh my god
lookin at my old pictures like what happen. why.
Playing With Archetypes—The Villain
I love writing scenes where my villains are prominent. As someone who’d most definitely be a Slytherin if she weren’t already a Ravenclaw, I have a soft spot in my heart for well-crafted and believable bad guys. Here are some elements I love in a great villain.
When the creator knows the difference between villain and antagonist.
An antagonist is against the protagonist, but this doesn’t necessarily make your antagonist the villain. In some cases, yes: Captain Hook is Peter Pan’s antagonist, and he is also the villain of the story. But consider (one of my fave series) Veronica Rossi’s UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy. Without giving too much away, there’s a clear villain in the story, but there’s also an antagonist for Aria: Brooke. Brooke, who is not a villain, is not necessarily against Aria’s goals, but she has reasons for being against Aria in the Tides, even if they are on the same side. Know who your villain is, and know who your antagonist is, and through that, you can play with the character dynamics on a whole new level.
Did you ever watch that old Batman show with Adam West? They were always two-parters where the end of part one found Batman and Robin caught in a dangerous situation, and in part two, they manage to free themselves, (or Batgirl arrives on the scene—go Batgirl!) arrest the villains, and save the day. The show is super fun and, granted, kitschy, but I don’t think these sort of tactics would work in books: villains never sticking around to watch some giant swinging blade slice their enemies into shreds, ensuring they have, in fact, been defeated; instead choosing to go elsewhere, which allows our heroes to make embarrassingly simple escapes. Readers can always tell when a villain isn’t living up to his or her full potential. Make your villain smart and capable—more so than your hero/heroine, perhaps—and see what happens. Now the obstacles are harder. Now your main character has to work.
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
Perhaps the most important thing for me concerning a villain is the history, background, and intentions of the villain. There is nothing interesting about a person being evil because they are evil. (See: The Colonel in James Cameron’s AVATAR. I mean, come on.) Villains should never be one-dimensional. I wholeheartedly believe there needs to be a moment when the reader is hearing out the villain’s motivations and can almost agree to them. Yes, what you’re saying makes sense. It isn’t what I would choose, granted, but I can certainly see your logic. For example, in V. E. Schwab’s fantastic novel VICIOUS, you have two characters with similar paths who choose extremely different destinations. One believes that superpowers are against God and must be stopped, even if to stop those with superpowers means using violence. With that character’s explained background in faith, you understand his motives much better.
Having said that…
The complexity of villain should mirror the complexity of the heroine or hero.
It’s important that foils are well-suited. There is nothing less interesting than a dull heroine/hero, in my humble opinion, and this usually comes about by creating a character who is immaculate in her/his perfection. But geez, even Achilles had his heel thing. Let’s apply the previous point to the hero or heroine: have him or her make the wrong choice, do the wrong thing, screw up. It could be bad, or it could be awful. What happens when your villain has elements of good and your hero or heroine has the tendency to do bad? Damn interesting character arcs, that’s what.
There are so many other important elements when it comes to creating a strong, believable, interesting villain, but these are some of my favorites.
Who are some of your favorite villains?
if breasts, butts and legs are so distracting to men, to the point they cant function
why arent they that distracting to lesbians
and at that point
why isnt the penis bulge and legs not distracting enough to gay men to warrant men being put under the same dress codes
Fair warning when DA: III Inquisition comes out please understand that my blog will probably turn into a shrine.
my blog is a total clusterfuck of fandoms, bad humor, text posts and personal shit i dont understand how people manage to tolerate it i applaud you
Do you ever think of a friendship you’ve built with someone and immediately feel the need to cry because of how much they mean to you and how greatly they’ve affected you and even the thought of them not being in your life leaves the most painful ache
Please don’t be angry with people for not understanding something. Explain to them. Educate them. Inform them. Do not yell and call them names. Because they will still not comprehend. Except now, they are hurt. And you are the asshole.
Although I stress and stress about my writing and I struggle to make myself keep believing it’s worth it and I can do it, I always know it’s been a good writing night when I look down and go “Holy shit, it’s after 3am.”
It means I sucked myself out of angsting over my shitty writing long enough to get shit done. I just wish I could kick myself out of these moods more often.