July 31, 2020-Do you know the difference between a villain and anti-hero? Is there a difference? There sure is! Let’s explore.
A villain is the character that readers love to hate. They’re usually devoted to crime, malicious, and devious. They’ll do whatever it takes to get what they want no matter what the cost. They usually have little regard for anything other than the execution of their cause or master plan.
An anti-hero is who the reader roots for even though they have major flaws. They’re a heroic character that does the right thing, but usually for the wrong reasons and only to serve themselves. They lack conventional heroic qualities. Anti-heroes are usually not trustworthy, courageous, or honest. They are the definition of “grey area”.
So, why does this matter? Using villains and anti-heroes can help round out your writing, they can add depth, conflict, and drama where your story needs it most. Don’t be afraid to play around with your characters and develop them into one or the other or add both to liven up your plot. Life isn’t black and white and your characters shouldn’t be either!
July 16, 2018- I absolutely love this quote from Chris Colfer, “A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.”
Ever since I was a child, I always rooted for the bad guy and I have to confess that as an adult, I still find villains more interesting. What interests me is the why behind what they do, how they act, and who they are and how they got to that point. The villain is always more intriguing than the hero I think because after all, they mustn’t have always been that way.
A part of them must have been good at one point; what changed? And don’t you think that we all teeter on the edge of becoming villains? What stops us? What separates us (the good guys) from them (the bad guys)? I urge you to consider writing your story from the villain’s perspective; change things up and let your readers experience a different point of view! Happy Writing!
April 4, 2018- I love this! Female villains are their own type of fascinating because of the layers involved with telling their stories. Emotion plays a huge role and the differential course of action between male and female leads when it comes to being a villain couldn’t be more opposite. I’m very excited to tell you that my next thriller will cast a female villain as the main character! You won’t believe what she does… #thefutureisfemale
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