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I must admit I enjoy creating the antagonist character. Maybe it's that teenage desire to rebel against being a good girl all the time. My dad was in business in our community and I had to maintain a sterling reputation or Dad would lose business.
When writing the villain (male or female) I relish in the all the possibilities to make that character as mean, as bad, as greedy, as manipulative and all that "good" stuff readers want their villain to be.
I also like to make the bad guy a fully rounded character with bad as well as some good traits. I don't want a cartoon character for an antagonist.
Looking forward to reading comments and answers from other bloggers on this question. Readers, Please leave a comment to tell us what kind of a villain you like in your favorite stories. Thanks.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
#IWSG Blog Hop: Antagonists Are Awesome by J.Q. Rose
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I enjoyed reading the quote about the antagonist mother. Well done!
I enjoyed this post, J.Q. I so get what you said about having to have a sterling reputation because of your father's position in the community. Mine was the principal all through high school, and I had both my father and mother as homeroom teachers and teachers in several subjects. Lucifer in Milton's "Paradise Lost" was one of the most compelling antagonists I met during my studies in American and English literature. Have fun making the IWSG rounds!
I've never thought about writing from the villain's point of view, JQ. It would be interesting to try it - but I don't think I could cope with too bad a bad guy, or my writing might start keeping me awake at night :) I loved your Anne Tyler quote!
Thanks. Yes, we meet antagonists every day in real life, don't we.
Hi Fundy, you really had to be good! I know how being a perfect child is a lot of pressure.My mom was a schoolteacher too and the teachers she worked with loved to gossip about the students. My name was never to come up in a bad way.
I've only tried it in short stories, but a whole mystery novel would be interesting to try. But if the reader knows who is the actual villain, then the mystery is over, or is it? Hmmmmm....
If only I could do this, I'd be happy. :-)
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I'm glad you're among the writers who love to craft a good villain.
I've written a devious, jealous co-worker and a psychotic, vengeful stalker. They were both very insightful and fun to create.
Anna, I bet you CAN do this.
Thanks. Villains are more interesting and more fun to write.
Ooh---that sounds like great characters to develop. I hope you didn't have nightmares when working on that stalker's personality!
I guess since I was a bit of bad girl when I was young I don't write from the perspective now.
Yeah, I love my villains with some depth!
Villains can't be cardboard characters. Very uninteresting. Loved the Anne Tyler quote. That woman needs an attitude adjustment.
Well rounded villains are my favorite!
I laughed at that quote. I like complex characters. Happy IWSG!
Hey, JQ. Yes, I love to write the villains. And you're right, they have to have some redeeming quality or at least some reason they are the way they are. Loved the quote! I do frequently wonder this. Especailly when I'm trying to get the next book published and life interferes! LOL I've heard this distinction: in a mystery, the reader doesn't know who the murderer is. Hence you have lots of clues. In a suspense, the reader knows who the bad guy/gal is but goes through lots of instances of the hero/heroine losing it all. I've shared. :)
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