Thursday, March 24, 2016
THAT VILLAIN WITH SOMETHING SPECIAL
Every story needs a good villain. Snow White would be boring without the wicked stepmother/witch. She would just be another annoying goody two shoes waiting for her prince to come and marry her. Blah!
Some villains are as memorable as the hero or heroine of a story. Inspector Clouseau without the Pink Panther? Robin Hood without the Sheriff of Nottingham? Even light romances (think Harlequin) have a jealous, rich ex-girlfriend of the fabulously wealthy hero who manages to cause trouble.
I won't go into the darker bad guys. Really, Jack the Ripper was just plain evil and never got the punishment he deserved. For some stories, you just can't write a satisfying conclusion. Reality can be harsh.
I enjoy fictional villains who will be caught and brought to justice. My current story has two nasty men who are bent on greed and murder. For a while, I had them hiding out on a mountain top in the dead of winter. I was at a stand still. Never, ever set a historical in Colorado in the winter. After weeks of being stuck on what to do with the nefarious baddies, I realized I could stick them anywhere. So, off to a remote mining camp they went to create mayhem and wait for the snow melt
Occasionally, you run across an over-the-top villain who makes you laugh or even feel sorry for him. The Coyote will never out smart the Road Runner, but it's a lot of fun watching his futile attempts I particularly like a new TV program called Lucifer. Yes, that Lucifer. He's delightfully self centered, pushing people to do the wrong thing and completely baffled when he fails. He's taken a vacation from Hell and God is not pleased. How innovative! Oh, he also has a therapist.
Writers need good bad guys. They actually make your story more interesting. Personally, I'm too timid to do anything against the law. You have to admire a good villain. They don't care.