As a writer, I love getting into the antagonist’s head. I want to know what influenced his life and made him turn off the straight and narrow. What wrong did he endure that turned him against all that is good? And just how far will this character go before reaching a breaking point?
I especially love making the antagonist seem like the friendly next door neighbor and slowly, ever so slowly let his hideousness come to life.
- Randall Flagg, Stephen King’s “The Stand” (and any other villain from King’s novels)
- Hannibal Lecter, Thomas Harris’s “The Silence of the Lamb”
- Moriarty, Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Final Problem”
- Cruella de Vil, Dodie Smith’s “The Hundred and One Dalmatians”
- Darth Vader, Lucas Films, “Star Wars” (love the cape)
- Bill Sikes, Charles Dickens’s “Oliver Twist”
- Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson’s, “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
- Voldemort, JK Rowling’s, “Harry Potter”
- Scarlet O'Hara, Margaret Mitchell's, "Gone With the Wind" (okay, so she's technically the protagonists, but she's one bad lady!)
Just what is it that attracts us so?
Marta Stephens writes crime mystery/suspense. Her books are available in paperback and e-book and Kindle formats.
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