So this week I was working on this blog post when my fingers decided to freak out and push the exact wrong buttons, therefore deleting everything I had written before. Very encouraging……..but, anyway, I just got done reading a very good post about villains versus antagonists and figured this would probably be a good time anyway to redo what I had originally after reading it.
So, first comes first, let’s look at today’s villains. Evil characters make up a story, and it doesn’t matter what kind of story you are writing; there will always be a villain. Characters like Loki from both Thor movies, Darth Vader from the well-known sci-fi adventure, Star Wars, and Maleficent from the new Disney movie all possess one thing intended to interact with people watching. Sympathy.
It seems authors and story writers are taking on the idea of making a sympathetic villain to create a new set of fans. Marvel has even created villains with backstories, such as what we have seen continually with Loki, Bucky, and numerous other characters. It sets the story to take another route.
But what exactly are antagonists versus true villains? After reading the post ‘The Difference Between Villains and Antagonists’, I realized that, as writers, we fail to recognize the difference. Antagonists are those who are made to be against the protagonist but not so much evil, where as the villain is the character in the story with obvious evil intentions and plans against the hero. He thinks his ideas are justified even if they might be wrong because of what he has encountered. The actor of Loki, Tom Hiddleston, worded it perfectly when he said,”A villain is a hero in his own mind.” Yes, somehow in that warped and demented mind, he thinks of himself as the hero trying to make everything better, even with selfish ambition, and the hero as the obstacle in his way, and, if you will, the villain.
The sympathetic villains, though, can be just the same way, but events in the past formed their motives and created a character who is grieving on the inside and snarling on the outside. A sad and lonely monster who is trying to find his own place in the world, who, even if they are only thinking of themselves, still hopes for something better. However, writers and readers alike must remember that this is not an excuse for their actions. All actions have consequences not matter if we think we are justified or not.
Villains are rarely talked about even though they are portrayed in so many movies today as the subtle ‘hero’. Everyone seems to focus on the hero, and when they get to writing the villain, it may not come naturally. I find that some think of almost every type of villain as the INTJ personality type, those who are logical in their thinking but seem rather evil on the outside. Though INTJ does seem to work in some cases, it is not for all villains.
I find writing villains fairly easy, but it does not come naturally all the time. There is always that idea I wish to grasp, but sometimes I never get to it. That is when I do research on the topic, or I may stop and think for a little bit. My book may not even be touched for days!
And that is my blog post for Friday! I may have had it come out sooner but I deleted everything (stupidly) and had to make a second draft and post. I’ll be rolling my eyes over the weekend about this.
Have a lovely Friday!