Saturday, 23 May 2015

Real-World Villains.

Lately I've been thinking about villains. I don't remember what put me in this line of thinking, but I am grateful for it - because the other night while I was in the shower, the perfect villains for one of my fantasy stories hit me out of nowhere and got me all excited. It was a fantastic feeling, and it was nice to know that inspiration hasn't completely abandoned me. 

But it also got me thinking about real-world villains, of the decidedly non-super kind. Who are the villains in stories with no fantasy elements? Murderers. Jealous ex-lovers. Parental figures. Who are the villains in your own life?

Who is the villain in mine? My brother.

Everything that he does lately irritates me, and like a hero countering his antagonist, I find myself wanting to counter my brother's idiocy - among other things. He is selfish, arrogant, disrespectful to our mother - and like all good villains, completely fails to see the error in his ways. He thinks he's entitled to everything he wants. I once heard him tell my mother that he would only give her respect if she first gave it to him - as if she had been the one to start this whole mess! 

So in my own home, I found the perfect study for a villain of all kinds. I think experiencing this, no matter how frustrating it may be, is highly beneficial to my writing. Look at all of these qualities I can now apply to my antagonists! 

Now if only there was a hero to come and defeat the evil Brother before he destroys all sources of good in my life.

1 comment:

  1. Hahaha! Your brother is such a dweeb. :3 I can't even fathom doing the things he does, I would spank myself let alone expect it from my mother. Insanity! It is good thought that you found a muse in him. What better way eh? Villain's are the best thing to start with, then you can write the hero that you need to defeat them, rather than a generic hero that everyone expects. (That last line reminded me of Batman, oh lord...)

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