Writerly Sound Bites, Number 3: The Worship of Evil – Or, “The Villain Is the Hero of His Own Story”

It might be an old – and somewhat uncouth – meme, but it makes the point. Slap an unhappy backstory on a villain, and odds are that someone somewhere will ask whether or not he is “really the bad guy.” How can Thanos, for example, be considered evil when he just wants to prevent other … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 3: The Worship of Evil – Or, “The Villain Is the Hero of His Own Story”

The Fictional Businessman – Is He a Monster or a Hero?

Not long ago this author finished reading Marvel’s Essential Iron Man Vol.3*. Though it had been available for some time, for various reasons, this writer did not take the opportunity to peruse the volume until recently to see what lessons were to be found within its pages. There were quite a few to discover. For … Continue reading The Fictional Businessman – Is He a Monster or a Hero?

Killing Characters, Part 1: Is It Necessary to Make a Novel/Series Believable?

This article is the first in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. One of the main literary movements of the last century, Realism, holds much of the modern literati in its thrall. Along with Naturalism and a resurgent Romanticism, this school of writing insists on killing off at least … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 1: Is It Necessary to Make a Novel/Series Believable?

Cursed Characters: How Powered Protagonists Are Viewed within Their Worlds

This article is the third in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters. Parts One and Two may be read here and here. So far we have covered two items that should be considered by authors when they are creating empowered heroes. These aspects are handicaps and whether or … Continue reading Cursed Characters: How Powered Protagonists Are Viewed within Their Worlds