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”

An Interesting Perspective on WandaVision

Take a look at this fantastic piece on Marvel's WandaVision, readers: Loss, Hope, and Renewal in ‘WandaVision’ and the MCU By John Tuttle  As human beings, there are feelings inherent to who we are that we experience regularly. Pain, both physical and emotional, is a struggle many of us are faced with. But the capacity for … Continue reading An Interesting Perspective on WandaVision

Killing Characters, Part 2: The Demise of the Foot Soldier

This article is the second in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. Part One may be read here. Following last week’s post on the believability of a character’s demise we come to a seemingly inconsequential point. In fact, this detail has been taken so lightly of late that it has … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 2: The Demise of the Foot Soldier

The Problem of Evil, Part 3 – Villains: Understanding Their Powers and Their Blind Spots

This article is the third in a three part series dealing with villains and evil, along with their effects on and their uses in a story. The final part of this series is upon us at last! The title for this article has to be the most confusing one yet for some people. With all … Continue reading The Problem of Evil, Part 3 – Villains: Understanding Their Powers and Their Blind Spots

The Problem of Evil, Part 2 – Villains: How Evil Does Your Story Need Them to Be?

This article is the second in a three part series dealing with villains and evil, along with their uses in and their effects on a story. Daniel Arenson, author of Earthrise, Kingdoms of Sand, and other series, has several articles on character development on his website. A little while ago, I was reading through and … Continue reading The Problem of Evil, Part 2 – Villains: How Evil Does Your Story Need Them to Be?