Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What Makes a Nemesis Realistic?

Well, here it is Tuesday again. I hope all of you had a great weekend. I have decided to talk more about characters, specifically the one's in my book(s), and thought I would start out with the "bad guy". Nothing's more fun that writing him/her into your story and I wondered what makes this character believable?

I read all types of genre and a lot of scifi/fantasy and one of the things that struck me is some writers are great at creating their nemesis without sounding like it's a bad "B" rate movie, while other's can't seem to grasp it. 

We all know in real life there are people that fit this role, but when it comes to writing a believable bad guy character, some don't hit the mark.

Toni and I strive to write Torren, our bad guy, as a person who, although wasn't born evil, became that way and answer the question of what makes him tick. The first scene we wrote with him in it, we read it out-loud and it sounded horrible. We worked diligently to make him sound wicked, but real. 

It wasn't easy, Torren is a complex character. This is why we added a little back story about him through the eyes of the one man who had known Torren his whole life, Colton. We wanted to create the dialog as real life as possible and show his weaknesses as well as his strengths.

In the novella, Fated, we see Torren 18 yrs in the past and show him struggle with rejections and pain from some of life's events that cause him to turn to the "dark side".

The last thing I want is to make Torren come across as the evil, black mustached, top-hat wearing character that we tend to associate with as the nemesis. It's corny and typically "B" rate. And I despise "B" rate movies. I want him as realistic as possible.

Although Torren is a character that you can love to hate, I want to see if the reader could also feel sorry for him, even if it's just a hint of pity. After all, not everyone who fits this role was born mean. Things happened to them to create this mind-set and push them to not caring anymore. Do you ever feel sorry for the bad guy?

Also, not to mention, even if your evil, you have weaknesses. Whether it's a love interest, or family member, or maybe even a big ego, something can stop them from reaching their true potential of pure hate.

On Friday I plan to interview Torren and I hope to have fun with it. I also hope that there are those of you that have fun with it, too. You can ask questions and put him on the spot. If you enjoy the post, I will interview several more characters in the hope that you get to know them better. 

It's not everyday that you can really get to know characters written in a book. I'm looking forward to it. So, if you have a favorite one in Fable and want to see their personality's come to life, let me know. I'm more than happy to question them. 

Until Friday, have a great week and don't forget to leave me a comment and let me know what's your favorite nemesis and what brought him/her to life for you?

Love, Lisa





5 comments:

  1. Yes, I "liked" Torren as an antagonist/villain, and am looking forward to learning more about him in Fated!

    I don't think I have a favorite "love to hate him" villain... I'm a horrible blog reader, aren't I??? I can never provide the things you ask for! Lol.

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  2. Yes, the antagonist is fun! We are touching on his character a lot more and hopefully you will get the feel for his "victim" crises. It's hard to pick out a favorite. For me, Gollum is one from the Lord of the Rings, but he's so ugly it makes it hard to pity him...isn't that terrible lol!? Anakin Skywalker is another and the original Dracula.

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  3. Torren is a complex baddie. He's got a poor, pitiful me chip on his shoulder a mile wide. Not to mention he's a jealous SOB.

    My all time favorite is Mr Stoker's Dracula. But, you know that. After that, Draco Malfoy, Gollum, Lord Voldemort, Heathcliff (his own worst enemy), and of course Torren.

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  4. Torren is a complex baddie. He's got a poor, pitiful me chip on his shoulder a mile wide. Not to mention he's a jealous SOB.

    My all time favorite is Mr Stoker's Dracula. But, you know that. After that, Draco Malfoy, Gollum, Lord Voldemort, Heathcliff (his own worst enemy), and of course Torren.

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  5. Yeah, Draco was a good villain except that he turned out to be a wimp lol!

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