So I spent the hours before gettin'-up-time with my iPad, catching up on blogs and Tweets. I read Heather McGovern's blog Bad Girlz Write (May 20) "They're Best when they're Baddest" where she blogs about why we love villains.
And we do. There's something in us that secretly admires their audacity and complete disregard for the rules we "Good Girlz" follow.
Yep, we need a villain to make our characters use their wits to outsmart him, to learn something about themselves, to grow in understanding.
I admit it, I love creating villains more than heroes. They make me stretch my imagination. And it is so much fun when I bring about their demise. This demise, denouement, or comeuppance, depending on your viewpoint, can come about in two ways.
In one, the villain is completely demolished: dead, imprisoned or somehow made impotent. This ending makes us cheer. Other times he manages to redeem himself at the end of the story--which also makes us cheer.
Do you have a favorite villain?
Mine is Messala (played by Stephen Boyd in the movie "Ben Hur"). Remember the chariot race and those lethal wheels?
Aah, villains. We love and hate them.