Saturday, January 28, 2012


What kind of bad guy do you like in your books?
Obviously it depends on the genre you write, but personally I love the subtle ones.  Ones that you're not quite sure if you like them or not.  The example that comes to mind is Anna Karenina (because I read that book recently!).  I was sympathetic towards her until she left her only child, that she adored, for a man who she was having an affair with.  Then she became unforgivable to me, because how could a mother do that?  In a way, these kind of people are fun to read about because it gives you a little boost, as in, I'm a much better person than this.
In the novel I'm working on, my villain is based on a real life person who portrayed herself in different ways to different people.  From the perspective of certain people, she was not a bad person at all, but there was definitely an ugly side to her character.  That's how it is in real life, and that's what makes it interesting.
What's your opinion?


  1. Hello! I found you through the BBQ at WIP it...your blog is lovely!

  2. Thanks for joining my blog! And for the compliment:) Loved the BBQ idea- it's been a way to find some great connections with other writers. I'm heading over to your blog right now!

  3. I don't know if there is one thing specifically that I like about villains. I like the ones that make me conflicted, where I almost want them to get what I want. Some are just so much fun that I like them despite themselves.

  4. That's a great point, about almost wanting them to get what they want. Villains make the conflict and the story multi-faceted, instead of just flat.

  5. What is it about a tortured soul that's so appealing??? Maybe its the girl in me that wants to save everyone, IDK... I love a bad guy that's doing what he's doing because he *thinks* it's for the greater good. I always root for the bad guy! Don't know what's wrong with me! LOL

    And a new follower here too... I'm glad we've connected! :D

    1. Thanks for joining my blog! Those characters are so complex, aren't they? Thanks for sharing your thoughts:)