Today’s guest blogger is the always awesome Karin Tabke. Though she’s best known for authoring romance novels featuring buff contemporary cops, Karin has recently burst onto the historical romance scene, writing books about buff medieval knights. (You see the common thread: sizzle.) Thanks for being here, Karin! (Therese, by the way, is being all controversial elsewhere today. Check it HERE.)
Guest blogger Karin Tabke on bad boys
First of all thank you, Teri, for having me back!
Today I’m going to chat about villains. Muwahahahahahahaha!
I like villains. The good meaty complex ones. I find them fascinating.
The more layered and humanized the better. I’m a writer who believes for a story to work the writer should know her villain as intimately as she does her hero and heroine. The villain often drives the plot. And if one isn’t careful, a villain can take over the story.
Here’s what Merriam-Webster has to say about the bad guy:
1 : VILLEIN 2 : an uncouth person : BOOR 3 : a deliberate scoundrel or criminal 4 : a character in a story or play who opposes the hero 5 : one blamed for a particular evil or difficulty
Yep, the villain throws the wrench and causes the problems. But villains are people too! For a villain to work, he/she must have layers. They must be complex and they must have believable reasons for being, well, villainous. The one-dimensional villain falls flat. He’s bad because he wants to conqueror the world. So? Not good enough. Why does he want to conqueror the world? Because he’s a power monger? Not good enough. Does he have deep seeded insecurity issues? Does he have something to prove to his evil stepfather? Was he orphaned and had to fight for every scrap of food to survive?
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