Saturday, June 30, 2007

So You've Decided to be EVIL

(JB (octopus sting victim) shared this link with me. Thanks, J!)

So, you're working on your script (right?), but there's still something missing. There's a presence not accounted for in the story. Perhaps there doesn't seem to be a clear and present danger. Or perhaps there's no force to be reckoned with. That's because we haven't talked much about...


Now, villains come in all shapes and sizes and don't necessarily live in dark castles surrounded by deformed and dangerous henchmen. If you've seen the film ELECTION the villain comes in the form of Reese Witherspoon playing an overzealous high school senior.

(Speaking of high school... your English teachers most likely taught you that antagonist = villain. This is not always the case. For our purposes, we define antagonist as the one who instigates the change in the protagonist. Meaning, the one whose striving, pushing, goading, teasing, prompting, chiding, testing, defying, etc. directly effects the change in your protagonist. (i.e. the CHARACTER ARC). More on THAT later. VILLAIN is the BAD DUDE or DUDETTE.)

However, if you do happen to be writing the next SpiderXmen-Matrix Nightmare- Die More Than Hard-Lord of the Underworld... perhaps THIS may be of assistance.

How EVIL is your character? Freddy Kruger or Dick Cheney evil?
What KIND OF evil is she/he? Avatar for a Supernatural Creature Beyond All Comprehension or Internet Spammer?
How do you create evil objectives and goals?

This WEBSITE is an in-depth exploration of what it takes to be evil, career choices in evilness, how to select your lair location, and what kind of evil henchmen you should select.

It even tells you how to select an Evil Name. I'm thinking of becoming Mistress Blood Spawn.


Vicki said...

Really cool site and great blog.

I needed the info on the site for my villian. :)

OpenChannel said...

Great! Even though the site is really tongue-in-cheek and meant to be funny, it really DOES help one develop a villain.

Erin C. said...

I wasn't going to be evil...but now I'm considering it.