|Great post on Darth Vader here: http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/what-darth-vader-taught-me-about-people/|
On Monday's post, Belle commented:
"I also think bad people changing is true in life and interesting in books. I will never forget the shock I felt when Darth Vader changed for the good in Star Wars. To see he had good feelings inside made his character more real."
Belle hit on a point that I absolutely LOVE: villains who have good traits.
"There's no villain so scary as one who is right." -- Donald Maass (THE FIRE IN FICTION, p.48)
Have you worked on making your villain (or antagonist) likeable?
Think about the villain in your WIP and ask these questions:
1. What goodness does he have inside of him?
2. What does he say that is true?
3. Is your villain redeemable, like Darth Vader? Why or why not?
How about you?
Who is your favorite villain?