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April 08, 2011


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Kari Marie

The villians you love sound like real people. THAT's what I would be attracted to, because really no one but a cartoon character is Mr. Baddie all the time. Actually, the more human the villian, the more dastardly their deeds in my book.

Donna Cummings

Kari Marie, you're right -- they ARE scarier when they're more human. They could respond to something differently and be heroic, but they don't and they're not. :)

VR Barkowski

Since I write mysteries/suspense/thriller stuff, villains usually aren't revealed until the end. There's really no window to love or hate the villain in advance. I do have a continuing character who engages in some pretty seedy behavior. I happen to love him, readers not so much. Thing is, he is earmarked as the protag in my third book. Could be a problem. :)

Donna Cummings

VR, I think you've got an intriguing character there! Romance readers LOVE to see a character like that get rehabilitated and reformed. :) I can't wait to see what you do with him.

Liz Fichera

A villian with redeeming qualities is nirvana in a story, IMO. That requires that he/she be written three-dimensionally and that does not always happen in a lot of books. The predictable hero? Villian? Boring. Give them a different side, though? Heaven.

I think the series LOST was perfect in showing characters who were initially villians. But as the story wore on, you saw different sides--often softer sides--to even the villians. In fact, as a viewer, you'd even start to feel sorry for the villians!

Great post!

Donna Cummings

Liz, I like the villains who have the possibility of being redeemed. Talk about suspenseful! I don't like characters to be too predictable either. I want them to act "in character", of course, but with built-in surprises.

And great point about LOST. It truly did change your viewpoint on who was a villain and who wasn't. Maybe because they weren't necessarily BAD, they just had an agenda that conflicted with who we perceived as the "hero".

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