Sunday, January 15, 2012

[Link] Anti-Heroes, Shadows and Villains

by Sarah Beach

When it comes to creating villains for stories, we can flippantly go for the quick stereotype: the leering, mustache-twirling baddie, who spews out his evil laugh.

But if we really want our stories to have depth, we need to go deeper than a two-dimensional cartoon character.

Our first option for villains is an anti-hero. The pattern for an anti-hero is one that runs in the opposite direction of a hero. You can have a character like Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge On the River Kwai: he doesn’t see himself as a villain. ...

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Sarah Beach is the author of The Scribbler’s Guide to the Land of Myth.